Nicola Morgan

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Understanding and Supporting Your Teenagers – few spaces left and I’m not doing it again!

Ten Ways to Build a Brilliant Brain – 9

Publication day! Hooray! TEN WAYS TO BUILD A BRILLIANT BRAIN is in the shops! Here is the 9th of ten posts and another opportunity to enter the competition to win one of five free signed copies.

For previous posts in this series:

  1. Grow Brain Connections
  2. Fuel Your Brain
  3. Be Active (NOT “DO Exercise”)
  4. Sleep Well
  5. Make Friends
  6. Bounce Back
  7. Be Curious
  8. Be Creative

Today’s Way is Love Books so it’s all about reading for pleasure. This is a BIG topic for me, as you’ll see from the reading brain research section of my website here. Spending time – or, rather, allowing yourself time, for reading for pleasure is one of the best things you can do for your brain. It not only builds your brain, enriching and widening your knowledge and ideas, but it also raises self-esteem and mood and lowers stress.

I even have a word and concept for the stress-reducing element: readaxation.

I have lots of tips for encouraging and including people who aren’t very keen on reading, too. Here’s a starting point.

Today’s actions:

  1. Download and start using this Readaxation Diary. And share it with anyone you know who needs a bit of encouragement or validation for reading!
  2. Tonight when you get into bed: phone/tablet OFF; book in hand; read; sleep! Reading before sleep is deeply wired into most people’s brains because they’ve been doing it – or had books read to them – from a very young age. That’s why we so often fall asleep before we’ve even been reading for five minutes…


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For a chance of winning one of FIVE free signed copies of Ten Ways to Build a Brilliant Brain, add your comment beneath at least TWO of the numbered Ten Ways posts. Today is number nine. Details/rules here.

Look out for TEN WAYS in your local bookshop. And if you don’t see it there, ask! Bookshops will always order for you and it doesn’t cost extra. You can order from Bookshop-org from my own page and if you do, you help independent bookshops AND me. Thank you!

3 Responses

  1. Of all the tips, I think if this one is established before secondary school, you may have a chance of keeping it. Once past Y7, it’s so difficult to compete with peers online!

    1. I agree. (Actually, even before screens and social media, teens tended to move away from books.) But I do think there are two reasons to persist with the message: 1. Some teens DO love reading and are more likely to continue if their choice is validated by science and 2. Some teens DO listen to good advice so they all need to hear it for the sake of those who will follow it! If the message even catches a few more readers or allows a few more readers to feel good about their reading, it’s worth saying.

  2. This is a really important point and I need to remind my 13 year old of this because he is becoming less and less inclined to pick up a book for pleasure.

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