5 Benefits of Reading
As we celebrate Read a Book Day (6 September), let's escape into the world of fiction or non-fiction and learn something new. A great day for encouraging others to read a book and share the different benefits that are associated with reading, which is listed below:
1. Reduces stress and helps you relax
Just letting yourself get lost on a good book is the greatest escape from the worries and stresses of the everyday world. A 2009 study at the University of Sussex showed that stress is reduced up to 68% just by reading! So, when you feel stress just grab a book and be engrossed in the story lines and allow your mind and body to relax.
2. Improves your concentration and memory
Not only should we do physical exercise to be healthy, we also need to do some mental exercise that will push our memory and focus to the limits. Reading is the best mental exercise for us, and you have to remember different characters, settings, plots, twists, and connections. This will strengthen your memory and concentration because all of your attention is focused on the story.
3. Vocabulary expansion and strengthens your writing abilities
Reading a well-written book will expose you to more words, and this will help you be a better communicator. Rather than just saying that you are sad or not in the mood to people, you can say you’re anxious, tired, irritated, frustrated, or weary. Because even though all those words can be described as sad, each needs a different solution. Increasing your vocabulary, communications skills, and being exposed to different writing styles will help improve your writing skills.
4. Enhances your knowledge
When you read recipes, magazines, newspapers, articles, or books, your head will be filled with information. We never know when it will be useful, but having all this information might come in handy in the future.
5. Increases your imagination and creativity
Reading sparks imagination and creativity, being immersed in a new world and characters. This will nurture your brain to develop ideas, possibilities, understanding, and be more open to hearing the opinions of others.