I’ve been reading The Last Train to Zona Verde by Paul Theroux for two weeks. It’s not that I am a slow reader, it’s just that I enjoy reading it again and again. This is one of my favorite quotes:
“Time is a factor in travel, one of the most crucial, though it didn’t matter when I first started travelling as a youth, and latter as a middle-aged man: I believed I had all the time in the world then. My travel was open-ended.”
Theroux (2013, p. 349)
I like it. I like his language. Besides, I agree with the author that time is important in life and in travel. When I was young, time was on my side. Now, I’m a middle-aged man ( I think). I feel that time is no longer on my side. It moves too fast. Time is nobody’s friend.
Theroux, P. (2013). The Last Train to Zona Verde. New York: Mariner Books.
When was the last time you read a book, newspapers, or a substantial magazine article? Do your daily reading habits center around Facebook updates or tweets? 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. In this article, I discuss just a few benefits of reading. They are as follows.
To start with, reading everyday helps improve our memory. Reading involves complex mental activities. When a person read, his or her brain works harder. Research shows that mental challenges like reading and doing crossword puzzles may help to preserve brain health and stave off symptoms of Alzheimer’s in old age (Wilson, 2014). In other words, reading is good for our brain. As they say, reading is good for the mind as exercise is good for the body. So, reading is a must for us all. In sum, it is evidenced that reading is good for our memory. This gives us a good reason why we should read more often.
Besides, reading everyday helps improve our thinking skills. As we can imagine, reading demands that we think more deeply. For example, when we read newspapers, we think about reasons or causes of human behavior. Research conducted by Twist et al. (2007) found a positive link between positive attitudes towards reading and scoring well on reading assessments. In general, high achievers read more books. In fact, they learn from the books they read as well as from the teachers. It is evidenced that reading is good for our thinking skills. That’s why we should every day.
Reading brings a lot of benefits. It is good for memory. It improves our thinking skills. What’s more, it is enjoyable. These benefits mean that we should read every day. Nowadays, we can also read online. The more we read, the better our lives will be. Let’s start reading today.
Robert S. Wilson PhD, Patricia A. Boyle PhD, Lei Yu, PhD, et al: “Life-span Cognitive Activity, Neuropathologic Burden, and Cognitive Aging.” Neurology, Vol. 81. 2013.