It’s National Read a Book Day on Tuesday, September 6th! 📚 Did you know that reading can have positive benefits to both physical and mental health? A 2009 study showed that just 30 minutes of reading lowered blood pressure, heart rate, and feelings of psychological distress. Reading can also build your vocabulary, strengthen the network of signals and circuits in your brain, help prevent age-related cognitive decline, and help you fall asleep at night! Books open up a world of entertainment, even acting as a time-machine transporting us to other eras and realms. It’s no wonder National Read a Book Day was created for us to celebrate these wonderful creations! We asked some of our team members for their favorite book, and here's what they said:
Amanda – Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. I loved that book as a kid!
Brandi – Lucky by Alice Sebold. It’s a little dark, but very good!
Brittany – Diary of an Oxygen Thief by Anonymous. It’s an interesting psychological read.
Dennisse – The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.
Hannah – The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo. It’s a children’s book, but has a profound message on the importance of love, accepting love from others, and getting through the hardest of times – I still enjoy it as an adult!
Jessica – The Diary of Anne Frank.
Kirk – Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
Lisa – Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Michele – One Fat Summer by Robert Lipsyte. It taught me many good life lessons that I have applied throughout my life.
Rachael – Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell & Patrick Robinson. It’s based on a true story!