8 HEALTH BENEFITS OF READING

8 HEALTH BENEFITS OF READING

Reading is one of the most noble activities you can ever engage in despite the world of knowledge and imagination that lies in every library, too many

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Reading is one of the most noble activities you can ever engage in despite the world of knowledge and imagination that lies in every library, too many people never pick up a book again after they finish school.

Curling up with a good book is not only enjoyable, it can positively impact your mental and emotional health.
Studies conducted over the last few decades have proven the scientific benefits of reading.

1. Reading reduces stress

When I’m reading a book, my mind shifts gears. Where I might have a had a stressful day, a book can easily distract me. Fiction is fantastic for this. Reading an awesome fiction book is perfect right before bed time. Though sometimes it’s hard to put the book down if it’s really good. Still, you’ll be relaxed.

2. Boosts brain function

Reading is like continuously treating yourself to new knowledge and wisdom. Regular reading even increases your intelligence by widening your vocabulary, improving your critical thinking skills, and improving your understanding of the world around you.

3. It reduces cortisol levels

Cortisol isn’t always a bad thing. It helps to rouse people from sleep in the morning, and also helps them address and overcome acute stress. The bad news is, cortisol can begin to wreak havoc on the body, when it remains at high levels, as the result of chronic stress. It can lead to weight gain, gastrointestinal problems, depression and chronic fatigue.

4. Boosts brain function

Reading is like continuously treating yourself to new knowledge and wisdom. Regular reading even increases your intelligence by widening your vocabulary, improving your critical thinking skills, and improving your understanding of the world around you.

5. Stimulates the mind

Studies have shown that if you are constantly stimulating your mind, you slow the progress of mental diseases can even prevent them. Keeping your brain active and engaged prevents it from losing its power by sharpening its logical ability.

6. Helps prioritize goals

Many times we’re certain we know what we really want in life. Yet I’ve found that activities like reading show me things I didn’t know about myself. My mind will drift to things that I’d really like to do, and it isn’t long that these little lapses in reading start to cycle. The same sort of goals keep popping into my head, allowing me to see what I really want to do.

7. Reading may improve your empathy

Emotional intelligence is a key to developing healthy relationships, but many people forgo developing their empathetic responses. Research indicates that the development of empathy is easier than many might think. If you read literary fiction before bed, you’re more likely to understand others’ emotions and mental processes, which can improve the quality of your relationships.

8. Improves concentration

In the past, people would spend a whole evening sitting by the fire reading. They would concentrate on their book, maybe talking to someone else in the house, but no one else. Today, we unwind by watching TV, browsing the internet, texting, and eating. This multitasking ends up stressing us out more than relaxing us. Reading teaches you to stay focused on the same task for long stretches of time. This can spill over into other areas of your life when you need to maintain concentration.

No matter what you’re wanting to do or become, you can’t do it without more knowledge. Reading is an excellent way to get where you wanting to go.

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