For some people, reading a good book is as much a part of their daily routine as cleaning their teeth or eating and drinking. For others, reading is a passion or a hobby that they try to fit into their busy lives wherever possible. So, what could be better for a book lover, particularly those in the latter category, than being given more great reasons to read? More excuses to plan time to curl up with a book as the day stretches in front of you, and to reap the plentiful benefits it brings.
Have you ever asked yourself why you read? Is it that it absorbs you? Or calms a busy mind? Reading can also redirect thoughts from ill-health, providing a distraction and giving access to worlds and experiences that are otherwise out of reach. Books can bring joy.
As well as the many reasons to read, there are many recognised health benefits from reading; from reducing stress and helping to combat memory loss, to having a positive impact on mental health. Books provide companionship, adventure and pleasure, and audiobooks extend these benefits to include those who cannot read printed books.
Reading and wellbeing
Reading as a social activity
Reading with your family and children
We hope this has provided a little food for thought whilst you plan your next read, safe in the knowledge that you are also boosting your own self-esteem, mental health and cognitive development, setting your kids off on a good path and a lifelong love of books and of course taking one step closer to the world’s rich list!
Calibre Audio is a national charity providing a free audiobook service for anyone with a disability that makes reading print difficult. Each year, our service connects over 14,000 members of all ages to the books they love. We believe the joy of reading should be shared by everyone and our collection promotes access, inclusion and choice with over 700 books added each year. As well as being on Dolphin EasyReader, our books are available via streaming, memory stick and MP3 CD.
Enables people who are blind, partially sighted or dyslexic to access and enjoy the world’s largest collection of accessible book libraries and talking newspaper services.
Magnification, talking technology and customisable views make EasyReader a pleasurable way to read. Find out more about Dolphin EasyReader
- University of Liverpool, 2015 p.6
- University of Liverpool, 2015 p.7
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- Business Insider, 2017