ROC Physical Therapy - March 2020

MARCH 2020



I noticed there are a lot of holidays related to reading in March. Holidays like Read Across America Day on March 2, World Book Day on March 5, and even Read an E-Book Week during the entire first week of March got me thinking about how important and meaningful reading is to the world we live in — not just for educational purposes but also for the life value it can provide in many different ways. I may not be the world’s most avid reader, but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy getting into a good book from time to time. or magazines related to the world of physical therapy, I like to read all about true stories written by real people. I’m currently reading “Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations” by Admiral William H. McRaven. He’s the bestselling author of “Make Your Bed” and, if you couldn’t guess, also a former member of the U.S. armed forces. All his books and stories are remarkable; they recount some of the most famous military missions in recent history, like the raid on Osama bin Laden, the capture of Saddam Hussein, and the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips. This guy was involved in all of those and countless other impressive feats. I’m not much of a fiction reader. When I’m not reading clinical journals

people’s lives, what makes them who they are, and what causes them to be leaders, innovators, or storytellers teaches me about how I view the world and gives me inspiration for ways I can work to be better within it. I’ve always found keen interest in discovering what qualities in a person make them admirable to others. What makes a leader a leader? There’s no better way to discover those details than to read the words of advice a leader has written for others. This is a great way to learn from them and implement their advice in your own life. Business owners who wish to create the best environment for their team will find this especially useful as well! Reading is a powerful tool for people of any age. It brings us into the world of education when we’re young, and it allows us to continue with our own education long after we’ve completed our schooling. When it comes to the health of our brains, studies have shown that reading can be a useful start in treating things like depression, anxiety, and panic. The soothing effect that reading has on our well- being has even been given the name “bibliotherapy.” Bibliotherapy can be practiced simply by reading the genre that’s right for you, whether that means more obvious self-help books or the escapist worlds of high fantasy. Reading can also be as deeply personal as you need it to be. Take it

from someone who knows all about the power of therapy: If there’s an effective method that works for you, then by all means practice it as much as you can. Reading can be a wonderful tool for humans to find a way to bring out the best in themselves. Even though we shouldn’t need designated holidays throughout the year to remember just how important reading is, it doesn’t hurt to celebrate these days to the fullest. So, find some time to crack open some fresh pages or download the newest e-book to hit the market. Then, start reading. Whether you’re doing it for inspiration, education, healing, or pure pleasure, there’s really no way to go wrong.

This is why I enjoy reading about real people so much. Learning about

–Matt Smith

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