Holiday Challenge

Many of us probably have the holiday break on our minds. I personally cannot wait until my exams are over, and I can finally curl up on my couch in front of my fireplace and read a book. I’m not talking about required school readings though. I mean reading for my own leisure.

I’ve recently taken on the challenge of reading Les Miserables from start to finish, and it is proving to be a lengthy one. (Who would have guessed, eh) I know reading isn’t for everyone, and it definitely wasn’t for me a couple years ago, but there’s just something about the sense of relief you can get from reading a book that has motivated me to read more often.

Here are some scientific reasons why reading is important:

β€œThe more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr. Seuss

  1. It’s true: reading increases your intelligence. It expands your vocabulary, syntax and overall fluidity in writing. You’ll sound so smart at the dinner table over the holiday season πŸ˜‰
  2. Reading is a brain workout – no joke. By reading, you will improve your memory, processing skills and will help to improve your mental decline as you age! You just can’t beat a good old fashioned book.
  3. By reading before bed, you will even sleep better. Reading helps to relax your body; it’s a de-stressor.Your phone screen does the exact opposite. It tells your body (and brain) to stay awake. I know for a fact that so many University students complain that they are always tired, so why not try reading even just a few pages of your favourite novel before hitting the hay?!

So, who’s up for the challenge?

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Find a book you either love or have always wanted to read but never found the time and well, read it! Just go for it over your break. Chances are you aren’t going to do homework (although we like to think we would) so read a book instead! You might even find yourself feeling refreshed and ready to go come the New Year. And once you start, it’s hard to stop!

I want to close off with wishing you all the best of luck on your exams, the warmest of holiday greetings, and best wishes for 2016!

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