Benefits of Reading: Getting Smart, Thin, Healthy, Happy~ article by Lauren Gelman and Jessica Cassity

by Lauren Gelman and Jessica Cassity       

A love of reading can protect your brain from Alzheimer’s disease, slash stress levels, encourage positive thinking, and fortify friendships. Here's how your brain and body benefit when you crack open a book.

Reading gives muscle to your memory.

Reading gives your brain a different kind of workout than watching TV or listening to the radio. Whether you’re absorbed in a page-turner or simply scanning an instruction manual for your coffee maker, “parts of the brain that have evolved for other functions—such as vision, language, and associative learning—connect in a specific neural circuit for reading, which is very challenging," Ken Pugh, PhD, president and director of research of Haskins Laboratories, told Oprah magazine. The habit spurs your brain to think and concentrate.

Cherished Dreams by J.D. Holiday

This is a Picture that goes with a poem in my book: Short Stories and other Imaginings for the Reading Spot. The poem is called, Cherished Dreams.

~JD Holiday

This week I'm on One Writer's Journey with Penny Ehrenkranz! Please stop by! ~JD

 This week I'm on Penny Ehrenkranz blog! Please stop by! ~JD

We talk about my children's picture book, The Spy Game, plus I will giveaway a copy to one person who leave contact information in their comment at the end of the interview~

The Spy Game

GIVEAWAY?:  Please leave contact information in your comment to be considered for a copy of The Spy Game.

Please tell me how long you've been writing, and why you decided to become a writer.
In 1983 I started writing when a friend asked me to read a few pages from a historical romance she was writing. I told her what I thought about it and she asked me to help her write the book. We did finish it and sent it to an agent who was kind and sent the manuscript back with a detailed account of what was wrong with it. My friend went on to other things while I found that I loved writing and did not want to stop. I’ve been writing for years now. READ THE Rest

Animal Lovers here!

JD's Artwork!
Jd (Jan) Holiday's itemsGo to Jd (Jan) Holiday's photostream