|From 78 degrees to 35 degrees|
I had a good trip. Even though I was working, I did get to have a little fun. Plus, I watched the rocket take off from Cape Canaveral. Very cool! Every yin must have a yang, however. And to counterbalance the awesome time in Florida, I had to deal with a gnarly injury.
I will spare you the details and just say that I needed a bunch of stitches on the bottom of my foot. Luckily, the sight of blood doesn't affect me. Believe me, there was lots of it. Yeah, that made walking hard. So I needed to get crutches from the hotel. By the way, crutches suck.
So I'll be recuperating the next few days, working on a presentation I'm going to be giving to a bunch of middle school kids. I'll be talking about storytelling and why everyone should be reading fiction. I've already spent a little time doing some research, and I found some fascinating stuff about reading and its benefits.
- Stimulates the central sulcus of the brain - the region of the brain responsible for movement
- Stimulates the left temporal cortex, which in charge of language. It's obvious that people who read have much better language skills.
- Fiction readers had a much stronger "theory of mind" than non-readers. Reading fiction helped people develop better empathy. Readers are much better at seeing things through other peoples' point of view and reading/interpreting non-verbal cues.
- Reading brought test subjects to a much more relaxed state faster than listening to music or even walking. Blood pressure, heart rates, and muscle tension were measured, and readers not only were able to relax faster, but they slept better.
- Just 30 minutes of reading fiction a day = 68% reduction of stress
I wonder if reading fiction will help my stitched up laceration heal faster. Maybe I should go grab a book!