When was the last time you read a book? If you’re one of countless people who don’t make a habit of reading on a regular basis, you might be missing out: reading has a significant number of benefits, and just a few benefits of reading are listed below.
- Reading increases mental stimulation.
Studies have shown that staying mentally stimulated can slow the progress of (or possibly even put off) Alzheimer’s and Dementia, since keeping your brain active and engaged prevents it from losing power. Just like any other muscle in the body, the brain requires exercise to keep it strong and healthy.
- Reading promotes stress reduction.
No matter how much stress you have at work, in your personal relationships, or countless other issues faced in daily life, it all just slips away when you lose yourself in a great story. A well-written novel can move you to other realms, while an engaging article will distract you and keep you in the present moment, letting tensions drain away and allowing you to relax.
- Reading, undoubtedly, gives 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 challenge you’ll ever face.
- Reading boosts your vocabulary.
The more you read, the more words you gain exposure to, and they’ll inevitably make their way into your everyday vocabulary. Being eloquent and well-spoken is of great help in any profession, and knowing that you can speak to higher-ups with self-confidence can be an enormous boost to your self-esteem.
- Reading improves empathy.
Stories provide life-changing perspective. Getting wrapped up in the lives of characters strengthens your capability to understand others’ feelings. Seeing the world through the eyes of your favorite character may make it easier for you to relate to your (for example) friend’s viewpoint.
Although more and more people own e-books, it seems safe to say that real books aren’t going anywhere yet. There’s nothing like the smell of old books or the crack of a new one’s spine. Read a variety of books to suit your personal preferences including fiction books, educational, mysteries and suspense thrillers, science fiction, history, novels, self help books and health related articles, because reading is a great way to feed your mind and spirit.