As we begin 2014 and go forth with the best of intentions to accomplish our resolutions for the new year, here's some food for thought about why reading is good for you. Reading books really does make you better.
Brain function is "boosted for days" after reading a novel
"The new research, carried out at Emory University in the US, found that reading a good book may cause heightened connectivity in the brain and neurological changes that persist in a similar way to muscle memory." - The IndependentFor better social skills, scientists recommend a little Checkhov
"Say you are getting ready for a blind date or a job interview. What should you do? Besides shower and shave, of course, it turns out you should read — but not just anything. Something by Chekhov or Alice Munro will help you navigate new social territory better than a potboiler by Danielle Steel." - The New York Times
Doctors are now prescribing books to treat depression
"If your primary care physician diagnoses you with “mild to moderate” depression, one of her options is now to scribble a title on a prescription pad. You take the torn-off sheet not to the pharmacy but to your local library..." - Smithsonian Magazine