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PiPs Book Club is a Great Hit at HQ!

Friday 11th October 2019


This year Performance in People (PiP) has been placing a greater emphasis on the importance of our mental health. As a result, a variety of activities around this have been introduced, including: yoga, relaxation classes, lunchtime walking club and staff room puzzles. Reading is another activity which helps to keep your mind active, reduces stress and therefore improves your overall well-being.

PiP’s new book club gives staff the opportunity to socialise with other people within the business with a shared interest and also allows them an opportunity to get to know people who they wouldn’t normally work with on a day-to-day basis.  PiP book club members meet on a monthly basis at lunchtime to discuss a variety of books and topics. The themes that have been covered so far include: Autobiographies/Biographies, Historical, Mystery. As Halloween is lurking, this months’ theme to be discussed is Horror!

5 BENEFITS OF READING

Mental Stimulation

Use it or lose it! Studies have shown staying mentally stimulated can slow the progress of (or possibly even prevent) Alzheimer’s and Dementia, since keeping your brain active and engaged prevents it from losing power.

Stress Reduction

No matter how much stress you have at work, in your personal relationships, or other issues faced in daily life, it all just slips away when you lose yourself in a great story!  

Focusing on a good book will help release tension, allowing you to relax.

Knowledge

Everything you read fills your head 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 challenges. Knowledge is something that can never be taken away from you.

Memory Improvement

When you read a book, you have to remember an assortment of characters, their backgrounds, ambitions, history, and nuances, as well as the various arcs and sub-plots that weave their way through every story. Our brains are marvelous things and can remember these things with relative ease; every new memory you create forges new synapses and strengthens existing ones, which assists in short-term memory recall as well as stabilising moods.

Improved Focus & Concentration

In a single 5-minute span, the average person will divide their time between working on a task, checking email, keeping an eye on social media, monitoring their phone, and interacting with co-workers. This can cause stress levels to rise and reduces productivity. Reading demands all of your attention – the rest of the world just falls away. Try reading for 15-20 minutes before work and you’ll be surprised at how much more focused you are once you get to the office.

Source: https://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/10-benefits-reading-why-you-should-read-everyday.html

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