The Challenge: Read Every Day

Why?

Regular engagement in mentally stimulating activities, such as reading, is linked to a slower rate of cognitive decline in old age. Studies have also demonstrated the positive impact of reading on stress reduction, demonstrating that it can serve as an effective tool for relaxation and mental escapism. One study suggests that reading literary fiction enhances individuals’ ability to understand and navigate complex social scenarios, fostering empathy and emotional intelligence. This increased empathic understanding may contribute to improved interpersonal relationships and, subsequently, enhanced mental well-being.*

 

 

How?

This one is easy…all you have do is READ!

If you read 20 pages a day, you’ll have read over 600 pages in a month, which can be as many as three books! It can be overwhelming to set a goal of reading three books a month, but broken down into 20 page chunks, it no longer seems impossible. Part of this challenge is to set realistic parameters, a skill that can help you achieve many of your goals.

Sometimes getting into the reading habit can be difficult. Starting with shorter books may help jumpstart your reading journey. Here is a list of short fiction and nonfiction recommended by LitHub and Book Riot.

Novellas & Short Nonfiction

*Kidd, D. C., & Castano, E. (2013). Reading literary fiction improves theory of mind. Science, 342(6156), 377-380.

*Wilson, R. S., Boyle, P. A., Yu, L., Barnes, L. L., Schneider, J. A., & Bennett, D. A. (2015). Life-span cognitive activity, neuropathologic burden, and cognitive aging. Neurology, 85(21), 1965-1972.

*Fong, K. N. K., Chun, K. M., Li, A. C. N., Hui, C. M. C., & Yau, W. W. Y. (2020). A systematic review on the anxiolytic effects of acute bouts of aerobic exercise in adults with anxiety disorders. Exercise Immunology Review, 26, 62-75.