Brain Tip of the Week: Start A Book Club

Quick: how many books have you read this year?

If you answered even one, good for you! You’re already beating 28% of Americans. That’s the percentage of people who responded to a HuffPost/YouGov poll in 2013 and hadn’t read a single book in the past year.

Sadly, that statistic won’t be shocking to many of you. But it should be! Books are excellent for your brain. Non-fiction books allow you to let you download years worth of knowledge in a few hours, while fiction books increase your capacity for empathy. Reading also comes with a host of other healthy brain benefits, like slowing cognitive decline in old age.

That’s why this week’s Brain Tip is to start a book club.

So why not just read a book by yourself? Think back to school. Chances are, you were asked to stay silent and sit at your desk to learn information. But there’s a reason you don’t remember long division any more.

Learning is a social, collaborative process of co-creation. Traditional schooling doesn’t account for that and asks you to ignore other students so you can learn. But you learn most kwikly if you work together.

That’s why I’m encouraging you to start a book club – or really, any kind of learning mastermind. Gather together several people who are also interested in keeping their brains sharp and work towards a common goal. A book club lets you read, learn and socialize, so you get several brain benefits at once. But if you want to create a club to learn how to knit, that works just as well too!

Want to boost your brain even more? Get more brainpower and memory tips HERE!

Written by Jim Kwik

Quick: how many books have you read this year?

If you answered even one, good for you! You’re already beating 28% of Americans. That’s the percentage of people who responded to a HuffPost/YouGov poll in 2013 and hadn’t read a single book in the past year.

Sadly, that statistic won’t be shocking to many of you. But it should be! Books are excellent for your brain. Non-fiction books allow you to let you download years worth of knowledge in a few hours, while fiction books increase your capacity for empathy. Reading also comes with a host of other healthy brain benefits, like slowing cognitive decline in old age.

That’s why this week’s Brain Tip is to start a book club.

So why not just read a book by yourself? Think back to school. Chances are, you were asked to stay silent and sit at your desk to learn information. But there’s a reason you don’t remember long division any more.

Learning is a social, collaborative process of co-creation. Traditional schooling doesn’t account for that and asks you to ignore other students so you can learn. But you learn most kwikly if you work together.

That’s why I’m encouraging you to start a book club – or really, any kind of learning mastermind. Gather together several people who are also interested in keeping their brains sharp and work towards a common goal. A book club lets you read, learn and socialize, so you get several brain benefits at once. But if you want to create a club to learn how to knit, that works just as well too!

Want to boost your brain even more? Get more brainpower and memory tips HERE!

Written by Jim Kwik

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