How often are you reading a magazine? If it’s only when you are sitting in the waiting room at the doctor’s office, then you could be missing out on a critical tool that helps with mental focus, de-stresses the mind, and even regulates emotions.
Have you ever wondered how daily reading from different formats has a positive effect on your brain function? Well, wonder no more…
Across the board, studies show that all types of reading stimulate your brain activity. The benefits of an active brain are better memory retention, less stress, and better focus, just to name a few.
Why Read from Magazines?
Let’s look at what unique benefits reading a magazine brings to the table…
Simply put, magazines bring a different type of information to readers compared to books or newspapers. There are hundreds of thousands of magazines that circulate throughout the world today, most of which focus on a specific topic or subject matter.
1. Topic-specific magazines have the ability to inform us on many facets of the same subject all in one place. This enables the reader to get a broad understanding of a subject, without relying on a textbook.
2. Magazine articles are usually a bit longer and allow for more information than a traditional newspaper article. They are also much shorter than books, which makes reading them very manageable in much less time. This gives the reader a plethora of information without needing hours to read and gain useful information.
3. A picture is worth a thousand words. Magazines are usually filled with colorful pictures and graphics. This allows readers to see what they are learning about. It also gives the writer the ability to thoroughly cover a topic in fewer words, as they are often accompanied by pictures and graphics that aid in telling the story.
4. When students can visualize the setting of the subject that they are learning about, they are able to become engaged in the story. Emotional investment is the space where we can truly grow in appreciation for the truth and wisdom being presented.
“Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.”—Proverbs 22:6
Why Should You Be Reading a Magazine Daily
Reading, especially reading a magazine, has more benefits the more you do it. Just as we can’t go to the gym one time and expect to be classified as healthy, we cannot read occasionally and expect to get the benefits that come from daily reading.
Let’s take a look at what reading one short article a day can do for your overall health and well-being.
Mental stimulation: The brain is a vital organ that needs regular stimulation to keep it strong and healthy.
Overall knowledge base: Obviously if you are reading daily you are adding to your knowledge base regularly. Everything you read fills your mind with new bits of information, and you never know when it might come in handy. The more knowledge you have, the better equipped you are to tackle any challenge that comes your way.
Enhanced vocabulary: Just as you have more knowledge, you have a broader vocabulary. Being articulate and well-spoken will help you in nearly any situation. Knowing that you can speak to others with confidence can also be an enormous boost of mutual respect.
Memory improvement: Reading, especially in short bursts about a subject, requires memory. Every new memory you create forges new synapses (brain pathways) and strengthens existing ones, which assists in short-term memory recall as well as mood stabilization.
Stress reduction: An engaging article will distract you and keep you in the present moment, letting tensions drain away and allowing you to relax.
Ability to focus: In our internet-crazed world, attention is drawn in countless different directions at once as we multitask through every day. While this is not always bad, when you read from a magazine, all of your attention is focused on the story. The rest of the world just falls away, and you can immerse yourself in every detail you’re absorbing.
Better writing skills: Exposure to a variety of published, well-written works has a noted effect on one’s own writing. In observing the writing styles of others, your own work will take on a more polished style.
Add to all these the benefit of the next generation learning about the created world in a fun and creative way. A fresh perspective grounded in biblical truth will make a solid foundation for building knowledge and character in our youth.
“Therefore you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. “You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. “And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, like the days of the heavens above the earth.”—Deuteronomy 11:18-21
Reading a Magazine Daily Can Bring the Fun Back into Learning
Magazine articles can break up the drudgery of learning from textbooks alone. Magazines are usually written quarterly or monthly and provide relevant and up-to-date information on any number of subjects.
Education doesn’t need to feel like a chore. With the right tools, you are able to enjoy learning about science and Creation. And unit studies through Creation Illustrated help you accomplish the goal of teaching your children as Deuteronomy instructs.