Book Lovers

Book lovers know there’s no feeling like getting lost in a great book. Page after page seems to fly by as you get more and more entrenched in the plot and character development. It’s almost as if you’re in the scenes and participating in the outcome. What you may not realize, however, is this activity is not only fun, but also great for your health! Check out these five surprising health benefits of reading.

1) Reduced Stress

When you get caught up in a great book and all your thoughts are consumed by the plot and characters, it seems like your everyday worries and stresses disappear. Not only does it seem that way, but it’s actually a proven fact! This 2009 study proves that reading for only six minutes can reduce stress by 68 percent, as well as slow your heart rate and minimize muscle tension. After a stressful day at work, instead of turning on the television, crack open a great book or fire up the Kindle in order to relax.

2) Improved Memory

Ok, maybe this one isn’t too surprising. Just like your muscles, your brain loves a good workout too. Reading regularly exercises your noggin, and all those synapses firing can actually improve your memory. In addition, a recent study showed that elderly people who read regularly are 2.5 times less likely to get Alzheimer’s disease.

3) Younger Brain

Of course we can’t stop the aging process (as much as we’d like to), but reading can help slow it down. This study showed that reading can significantly reduce your rate of cognitive decline. So curl up with a good book each night if you want to keep that brain young and spry.

4) Increased Empathy

Who knew that reading books could make you a nicer person? Apparently getting emotionally absorbed in a book carries over into real life. This study found that people who regularly immerse themselves in fictional stories are more empathetic. Even though the characters are fictional, relating to their situations causes us to be more open to real people in our lives.

5) Increased Tolerance for Uncertainty

Let’s be honest, all of us have struggled with ambiguity or lack of control in personal situations in the past. It can be stressful not knowing the future. Surprisingly, one easy way to cope is to read more. One study showed that reading fiction can cause an increase in tolerance for uncertainty. As people dive deeper and deeper into fictional stories and characters, their minds actually open up, and they become more comfortable with possibilities, options, and uncertainty.

Everyone knows reading is fun, but the benefits outlined above can really improve your health and life. If you’re reading a lot already, good for you! And if you’re not, try to find more time to read if you can. One thing you’ll need for sure is…LOTS OF BOOKS!




[Recommended!? 🙂 ]

“Once a year for blood tests; once a year, for Thee!”

Once a year for blood tests, so I can really see!?

Whether I am sick or not – IF sick! THEY have a cure,

So I can fall within (the) range!! (Doth) Our vision suffer blur?

For, when we chose,

To rely,

On charts & tests & ranges,

We overlook THIS saying: (pause)

“Dependency Deranges!”

We seem to have been born,

In-an-age of System Science,

Where everything is like a car –

Needs mechanical reliance!

Of course THE LORD –


Of our good physicians,

And, therefore, we can

Of course


In medical ambitions!

Well, Bible thoughts, as I recall, often go both ways,

A passage here – a passage there – and, then, we choose which stays!

DO trust in men, if you wish – BUT what about your bod?

It has its “way,” so you could say: “The Body we might laud!”

Just trust that, when it feels OK, to let The Sleeping One,

LIE! and, when I feel some pain, I’ll nurse my precious “hon!”

With those old fashioned remedies, like water, sun and rest,

I’ll get fresh air and then I’ll care – Perhaps fresh juice is best!

Perhaps a yearly check-up is-good for-mechanical-devices,

Appropriate, ‘cause we can’t FEEL – if-our-car-is in some crisis!

BUT – we, at least, do seem (pause)

“Connected” to our “frame!”

So we get daily feedback – the body speaks our name!

IF we will only listen and trust in its devices,

We might avoid an awful scene:

Hospitals & their prices!

Don’t get me wrong, for they are there – those places of “man’s healing,”

And, if you wish, to opt for them – at least you’ll know you’re dealing,

With other folks who prob’ly trust that MEDICAL is King!

And wonderful reliance, some health is sure to bring.

BUT, let me just here – offer you – a case-in-point, you’ll see,

That SOMETIMES (at least), my friend(s), we might should disagree!

Here’s one assessment – of these matters:

(That) Sometimes pain’s our friend,

And unless we welcome it, my dears, resistance just might end,

Our body’s valiant efforts, to keep “the engine” going,

Me thinks the body, not the doc, has better ways of knowing,

How to deal with the trauma – we face in daily life,

Here’s a story – of-my-best-friend, whom we shall call “my wife:”




For lack of names, let’s just say – her friend’s name? It was Iris.

And, so, my wife got “shingles,” that stuff, it hurts a LOT!

And she went straight to hospital – they put her in a cot.

And gave her “meds” to ease the pain, and then her kidneys hurt,

So they gave her even more, but, then, a MOLD ALERT!

Sounded! So they moved her (pause)

To another room,

And kept her there, and days dragged on – Was it to be her tomb?

And then another pain emerged, and breathing became hard,

And, then, another set of “meds” – and nurses were on guard,

To insure that she would not – Infect the others there,

Then someone-said: “That’s quite enough! She’s had a lot of ‘care!’”

They shipped her home, she got some sun, and in her bed she lay,

Wondering WHY her visit – had not been nice and gay!

For in hospital, there’s little sun and no fresh air each day,

She rests at home, walks with pets – and now she is OK!

BUT it took nearly 2 weeks Of rest and tender care!

I just think that hospitals –

We might just need beware!

NOW, shingles HURTS – but, maybe, rest –

And liquids through the pain,

Is better than their drugs-and-treatments,

And, then, I might explain:

That exercise and a-little-noise, Might get your body back,

To functioning and flourishing!


fin. <3

Moral: “Sometimes, lemon and some soda, and other “remedies,” –

Along with water and some sun, will help us grow like trees!”

The Mystic Poet.

Vladimir Horowitz,

Vladimir Horowitz, born in Russia at the beginning of The 20th Century, is recognized as one of the greatest pianists who ever lived! Despite a very “full” career and enthusiastic public reception in, almost, all respects, he, at time, doubted whether he was any good at all and, actually, withdrew from doing any performances, sometimes for long, long periods of time, for instance, when he was in his early 30’s, again, when he was in his 50’s, in his mid-60’s and, finally, in his early 80’s – He died in his mid-80’s, and this is a concert he did a couple years before he passed away. My hero! Tears! 🙂

It is unclear if Horowitz ever wanted to be a pianist! When younger, it is reported he just wanted to be a composer; he played piano in public to help his hungry family!”