"Books are the mirrors of the world. Books are the mirrors of life” - have you read any good books lately?

Reading is an activity from which everyone benefits. It doesn't matter whether you read fiction or nonfiction. Reading just thirty minutes every day improves vocabulary and helps you develop critical thinking and analytical skills, among a plethora of other benefits.

If you’re one of countless people who don’t make a habit of reading regularly, you might be missing out: reading has a significant number of benefits:

Mental Stimulation

Studies have shown that staying mentally stimulated can slow the progress of (or possibly even prevent) Alzheimer’s and Dementia, since keeping your brain active and engaged prevents it from losing power. Just like any other muscle in the body, the brain requires exercise to keep it strong and healthy, so the phrase “use it or lose it” is particularly apt when it comes to your mind.

Stress Reduction

No matter how much stress you have at work, in your personal relationships, or countless other issues faced in daily life, it all just slips away when you lose yourself in a great story.

Knowledge

Everything you read fills your head with new bits of information, and you never know when it might come in handy. The more knowledge you have, the better-equipped you are to tackle any challenge you’ll ever face.

Vocabulary Expansion

the more you read, the more words you gain exposure to, and they’ll inevitably make their way into your everyday vocabulary. 

Memory Improvement

When you read a book, you have to remember an assortment of characters, their backgrounds, ambitions, history, and nuances, as well as the various arcs and sub-plots that weave their way through every story.

Stronger Analytical Thinking Skills

Have you ever read an amazing mystery novel, and solved the mystery yourself before finishing the book? If so, you were able to put critical and analytical thinking to work by taking note of all the details provided and sorting them out to determine “whodunnit”.

Improved Focus and Concentration

When you read a book, all of your attention is focused on the story—the rest of the world just falls away, and you can immerse yourself in every fine detail you’re absorbing.

Better Writing Skills

This goes hand-in-hand with the expansion of your vocabulary: exposure to published, well-written work has a noted effect on one’s own writing,

Tranquilty

Reading a good book can bring immense inner peace and tranquillity

Free Entertainment

For low-budget entertainment, you can visit our Community Library and bask in the glory of the countless tomes available there for free.

Source: May 21by Lana Winter-Hébert in Leisure, Lifestyle www.lifehack.org

Music

Music is one of the few activities that involves using the whole brain. It is intrinsic to all cultures and can have surprising benefits not only for learning language, improving memory and focusing attention, but also for physical coordination and development.

We have a wide variety of fiction books  and music recordings available in our Community Library which is overseen by Carolin.  So come in and browse our selection or give us a call us to request a book or music on (02) 9888 3380.

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