Did you know that on the list of the most popular hobbies, reading is number one?
Not surprising to me. I was one of those kids who started reading before I even got to kindergarten, and I haven’t stopped since.
As author George R.R. Martin said, “A reader lives a thousand lives before dying. One who never reads lives only one.”
Aside from the pleasure reading gives, apparently sharing in the lives of the characters in a book helps increase our ability to empathize with others and supports emotional development.
Reading is Good for the Brain
One study suggests a regular reading habit helps develop neural networks. Reading increases our ability for complex thinking. And it strengthens the brain against things like dementia and Alzheimer’s.
There is even a system of bibliotherapy where a psychologist recommends certain books for patients to read to help them work through certain life issues. I know they sure help me.
The news of the world can be harsh and upsetting. My favorite escape is to treat myself to a good book. A romance with a satisfying, swoon-worthy happily ever after!
If you are looking for a bundle of great reads to escape with as we head into autumn, check out Irresistible—Fall into Romance.
Alicia Street is a USA TODAY bestselling author and Daphne Award-winner often writing in collaboration with her husband, Roy, as well as on solo projects. She spent many years as a dancer, choreographer and teacher. A compulsive reader of every genre, she also loves watching old black-and-white movies and inventing new recipes for soups.