Reading books is something we love here at “The People’s Friend”. Don’t believe us? Just look at the number of book reviews we’ve written!
It’s an enjoyable pastime, but did you know it also has incredible health benefits?
Here are our top 5 (there are plenty more!);
Reading is stress reducing
A study in 2009 found that reading for just six minutes reduces stress levels by up to 68%.
The study, by the University of Sussex. proved what we already believed to be true: reading offers a great opportunity for escapism.
Being able to escape the stresses and worries of the everyday, even for a short while, leads to a healthier life.
Reading is mental stimulating
Experts believe that staying mentally alert can help you ward off Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. A gripping crime novel or dramatic saga, for instance, will help to keep your brain busy.
People who keep their brains active by playing chess or reading, for example, are 2.5 times less likely to develop Alzheimer’s than those who don’t.
Reading increases your 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 part of everyday life — whether that’s at work or at home.
A larger vocabulary can also increase your self confidence. And your writing skills should also increase naturally, too!
Reading improves focus and concentration
At any one time, most people juggle a number of different mental activities all at once. This is counter productive, and can increase stress levels.
With so much stimulation around us — including TV, mobile phones and the internet — the ability to concentrate on just one thing has it’s benefits.
It’s said to be beneficial to include reading in your morning routine.
Just 15-20 minutes should set you up for a sharp day.
Reading helps develop analytical thinking
If you manage to suss the baddies ahead of the reveal in a book, you’re putting your analytical thinking skills 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!
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