Reading Improves Memory, Concentration and Stress

If you are looking for ways to improve your memory and concentration and also relieve stress, reading will help. The brain-stimulating activities from reading have shown to slow down cognitive decline in old age with people who participated in more mentally stimulating activities over their lifetimes. It also has shown a slower rate of decline in memory and other mental capacities.

Dr. Wade Fish, Director at Northcentral University’s Graduate School, said, “Reading expands a person’s appreciation toward other life experiences the reader is not personally experiencing, especially when reading topics that are not related to that reader’s job or lifestyle.”

“I personally enjoy reading historical accounts. I recently read a book written by author David McCullough about the Wright Brothers and their work to bring about flight. Reading about it, makes me more curious about travel and how it has evolved. I also enjoy visiting places where historical events have occurred after reading about them and to ponder the challenges overcome and failures experienced before success was accomplished.”

Another NCU professor points out that reading is important to a child’s overall development. Dr. Jennifer Duffy, Graduate School Dissertation Chair at NCU, said “Reading is a fundamental skill needed to function in society. Words - spoken and written - are the building blocks by which a child’s mind grows. Reading is not only essential to a child’s verbal and cognitive development, but it also teaches the child to listen, develop new language, and communicate. Additionally, books open a child’s imagination into discovering his or her world,” according to Dr. Duffy.

Like Dr. Fish, Dr. Duffy also stresses the vitality of reading to children on a daily basis. She reads to her three young boys every night to stimulate their thoughts and awaken their intellect. Reading is also an excellent way to close the day as it both simultaneously relaxes and calms the busy mind.

The best advice is to turn off the television and other electronics and enjoy the relaxation of reading a good book whether for your own enjoyment or to help broaden your child’s imagination.