5 Benefits from Reading Every Day

Reading books is something we love here at The People’s Friend Online, but did you know about its incredible health benefits?

Reading a book has shown in recent studies to have some remarkable effects on our overall health and mental well being. We couldn’t resist but share the top 5 with you.

Although there are said to be 11, (yes 11 health benefits of reading!), the top 5 benefits are key in living a healthy life.

Stress Reducing

A study in 2009 found that stress levels can be reduced by up to 68% when you read for just 6 minutes. The study by the University of Sussex proved what we already thought, reading is a great escapism tool. Being able to escape the stresses and worries of the everyday, even for a short while, lead to healthier lives.

Mental Stimulation

Studies have shown that staying mentally alert can help you ward off Alzheimers and Dementia. A gripping crime novel or dramatic saga helps to keep your brain alert.

People who keep their brains active by playing chess or reading, are 2.5 times less likely to develop Alzheimers than those who don’t.

Increasing Vocabulary

The more new words you read, the more likely you are to include them in your own vocabulary. Being able to articulate how you think and feel is an important communication tool.

It can also increase your self confidence. knowing how to speak to people in all situations increases your self esteem. There’s also a good chance it could aid your chances of promotion. People who can communicate on a range of subjects with confidence and knowledge tend to fast track their careers. Your writing skills should also increase naturally too.

Better Focus and Concentration

Most people are juggling many things in short spaces of time – checking emails, messages and social media in between working. This is counter productive and can increase stress levels.

With so much stimulation around us, from TV and the internet, being able to concentrate on one thing has it’s benefits. It’s said to be beneficial to include reading into your morning routine. Just 15-20 minutes on your morning commute should set you up for a sharp day in the office.

Analytical Thinking

If you manage to suss the baddies ahead of the reveal in a book, you’re putting your skills at analytical thinking to good use. Being able to break down details and think critically about a narrative and it’s characters means you are good at solving problems. Not only that, it makes you good at finding solutions too.

Next time you pick up that crime novel or solve a mystery, bear in mind you are adding to your list of skills.


Read more about the benefits of reading every day here

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Karlie Simmonds

Karlie has worked in Digital Media for over 10 years, she is passionate about health and wellbeing and lives in Edinburgh with her partner, children, and Pug, Poppy.