Science Says Reading Is Great for Your Health
Reading Isn’t Just Fun,
It Can Also Improve Your Health and Emotional Well-Being
What are you waiting for? Go grab a book! Here’s five simple reasons WHY:
1. Reading can reduce stress.
2. Reading can increase brain functions.
3. Reading can make you happier.
4. Reading can improve memory & help prevent Alzheimer’s.
5. Reading can increase creativity.
Other findings show that reading regularly leads to a happier, more satisfied and worthwhile life.
- Reading can reduce stress. According to the New York Times, “Reading has been shown to put our brains into a pleasurable trance-like state similar to meditation, and it brings the same health benefits of deep relaxation and inner calm. Regular readers sleep better, have lower stress levels, higher self-esteem, and lower rates of depression than non-readers.”
- Reading can increase brain functions. An Emory University study found that reading enhances connectivity in the brain. (The study also found that when a person is reading fiction, their ability to empathize improves.)
- Reading can make you happier. The Booktrust Reading Habits Survey reported that 76% of respondents said reading improves their lives and helps make them feel good.
- Reading can improve memory and help prevent Alzheimer’s. According to the Haskins Laboratories at Yale University, “Reading can be great for your memory. [It] works different parts of the brain than watching a movie or listening to music does. People who read more have more complex brains. The mental activity of reading helps to keep memory sharp.”
Reading can increase creativity. Reading allows you to delve into relationships and experiences you otherwise may not have had the opportunity to experience. These new ideas and perspectives allow your mind to grow and work harder to understand the world around you.