6 Ways Memorability’s 2018 Book Club will keep your Brain Healthy and Improve your Memory
‘Stories are medicine. I have been taken with stories since I heard my first. They have such power; they do not require that we do, be, act, anything…we need only listen’ Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Do you love stories? Do you thrive on the journeys that books take you on? Does reading bring you delight?
How do books help you and your brain?
1. Reading stimulates your brain which results in:
- The formation of new cells in your brain. This occurs in the hippocampus, a part of the brain important for memory.
- Development of grey matter in your brain
- Improved connections between different parts of your brain
- Learn more on Memorability’s Free Course on Brain Stimulation
2. Reading builds cognitive reserve
This helps your brain to function better as you age, and plays a role in protecting your memory. Learn more Memorability’s Free Course on Brain Stimulation
3. Books encourage conversations or, perhaps, heated discussions.
This helps to stimulate relationships. These relationships protect your brain by:
- Increasing plasticity
- Building cognitive reserve
- Learn more on Memorability’s Free Course on the benefits of Social Interaction
Join the conversation online. Create an off-line group to meet and discuss these books.
Stories in which you fall in love, want to save the characters from disaster, and are fully transported into that world, increase empathy.
4. Reading improves empathy.
Research by Kidd et al, has shown that reading, particularly good literary fiction, improves your ability to empathize. Stories in which you fall in love, want to save the characters from disaster and are fully transported into that world, have the ability to increase empathy. Empathy makes the world a better place, but also offers you a personal reward as well. It improves your social skills, improves work, and also, your creativity. (Bal et al)
5. Books give you access to a wide range of skills
You can learn to cook, to garden, to knit, to draw and almost anything else you can imagine, even a new language.
6. Books provide inspiration for living well
We learn about resilience from Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, forgiveness from Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela and determined, unpretentious strength from Wangari Mathai. We learn to appreciate the beauty of life from Paul Kalinithi and Jean-Dominique Bauby. ‘Stories are embedded with instructions which guide us about the complexities of life.’ (Clarissa Pinkola Estes)
I would like to invite you to join Memorability’s 2018 Book Club. I will post a full list of books on https://memorability.co/books/ soon.
For February 2018, let’s start with True Love. A Practice for Awakening the Heart by Thich Nhat Hanh (for February 2018). This is a practical, beautiful book on how to love with understanding and joy. To encourage you to read this wonderful guide on love, a quote from True Love:
Training is needed in order to love properly; and to be able to give happiness and joy, you must practice DEEP LOOKING directed toward the other person you love. Because if you do not understand this person, you cannot love properly. Understanding is the essence of love. If you cannot understand, you cannot love. That is the message of the Buddha.
I will post a review in February.
Who are your guides? Whose words from novels, or autobiographies, have helped during crises?