Do you enjoy reading, making new friends, and having thoughtful discussions? Then you should most definitely join a book club.
While those three things are already pretty good reasons to do so, you might be surprised at the additional benefits. There are truly countless ways in which a book club can enrich and improve your life.
Here we’ll cover just a few examples of why book clubs are so good for you and your health. (Need help finding one? We’ve also written an article on how to find and join a local book club.)
1. You’ll make new friends.
By joining a book club, you’ll get introduced to some wonderful new people. And one can never have too many friends, you know.
2. You’ll feel less isolated.
Meeting people is great, but even better is having guaranteed things to talk about. With a book club, there’s never a shortage of conversation topics. Over time you’ll find things you have in common and will appreciate one another’s company even more.
Staving off loneliness and isolation can also significantly improve your physical and mental health, as we’ve mentioned here before.
3. You might live longer.
Researchers in the U.K. published a study a few years ago that focused on the benefits associated with social groups. (That explicitly includes book clubs!)
What they found was that retirees who participated in social groups actually had a lowered risk of premature death.
4. You’ll keep your brain stimulated.
Reading alone does, indeed, greatly impact your mental and emotional health. Joining a book club offers even more benefits though.
Ever feel out of touch with pop culture or the literary world? A book club can help you stay in the know and keep up with what’s new.
5. You’ll feel more motivated.
Considering you’ll want to be able to thoroughly discuss things with your peers, book clubs are super motivating. They can inspire you to read much more material and more often than you might otherwise.
6. You’ll get introduced to new things.
Yes, you’ll be able to suggest your old favorites, but you’ll also likely find new favorites as well. You’ll get to hop around from one genre to another and discover books you may have never thought to read.
7. You’ll have something to look forward to.
Does your everyday routine seem monotonous? Well, you can always look forward to your next book club meeting to bring a welcome reprieve.
8. It’ll be fun!
Seriously, you’ll have a great time. Before you know it, you’ll be bonding with new friends over great books. You might even forge some lasting emotional bonds – and that’s absolutely priceless.
Are you an avid reader that’s already a member of a book club? Scroll down and let us know in the comments how the experience has enriched your life!