Are you an avid reader or does your daily reading habit center around social media feeds? Well, if you are yet to incorporate reading – and more so reading a good piece of writing – in your daily life, you are missing out on some key benefits.
We’ve done the research for you… In this article, we’ll talk about 10 benefits backed by scientific studies.
Reading boosts your mental health
Studies have shown that staying mentally stimulated can prevent mental illnesses such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Keeping your brain active and engaged prevents it from declining or losing power. In the same way we exercise to keep our body strong and healthy, the brain also requires mental exercises to keep it going strong.
It keeps you relaxed
A good book or an article can have you engrossed, keeping your mind off stressful situations. Regardless of the amount of stress, getting hold of a good novel has a way of transporting you to a different world.
Workout for the brain
Your brain is engaged more when you are actively reading than when you are passively watching television. When you read, your mind learns to take in new information and becomes more analytical, and boosts memory. In other words, reading stimulates your brain causing it to think and concentrate, which is a workout for the brain.
Expands your knowledge
It goes without saying the more you read the more knowledgeable you become. Acquiring knowledge gives you an understanding on an array of topics. It’s better to know something and not need it than need it and not know.
Improves your memory
In order to comprehend what you are reading, you have to remember certain details as you read. This exercises the brain’s ability to remember. For instance, when reading a book, you have to remember the different characters and what they represent as well as their roles in the different plots of a story.
Makes you more analytical in your thinking
If you’ve ever read a captivating novel and tried to solve the mystery before completing the book, right there is your critical and analytical thinking skills at work. The more you read the stronger the skills develop.
Improves focus and concentration
Focus is required to read, and reading a substantial piece of information can strengthen your focus considerably. Setting aside time to read daily as little as 15 to 20 minutes a day can improve your focus and amplify your productivity.
Reading relaxes and induces sleep – and is a good way to de-stress. Not only does it help in falling a sleep but it can also improve the quality of sleep by having a restful and deep sleep.
On top of quality sleep, the subject that you read can also contribute to inner tranquility. For example, reading spiritual texts has been proven to lower blood pressure. Self-help books, on the other hand, can help one feel better and improve mood disorders.
Reading makes you better at conversations
When you are an avid reader you have much more to think about, meaning you have endless topics to explore with friends – and have meaningful conversations as result.