Though we celebrate National Book Lovers Day on August 9th, we observe National Read A Book Day on September 6th each year. It is meant to not only encourage a love and enjoyment of literature, but also to bring awareness to the health benefits of reading.
It has been proven that reading not only reduces stress, it increases empathy as well as intellect. In addition, it is known to slow the natural memory loss and mental decline seen with aging as well as prevent diseases such as dementia. Actually, it is shown to increase memory. Reading ‘rewires’ the brain and increase communication overall, whether verbal or visual.