Not only is reading one of my absolute favorite hobbies, but it also happens that it is really beneficial! Honestly, I do not need any more reasons to need or want to read… but this definitely makes me want to pick up my book more often than I already do. I imagine that you might feel the same way after reading these many benefits of reading:
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Reading a book is a great way to emerge yourself into an exciting adventure and shed the stresses of the day. A good book engages you in the story and keeps your mind off of the things that are bothering you. When I have a bad day at work, all I want to do is dive into an engrossing book.
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Stimulates the brain.
There are studies that show that staying mental stimulation (keeping your brain active) can help slow the progress of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Reading, which is a mental stimulant, helps keep your brain strong and healthy!
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go.” — Dr. Seuss.
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Reading exposes you to words that you may not have heard of before. Eventually, those words make your way into your vocabulary. In fact, “facade” is a word I learned from a book that I use rather often!
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Have you ever gotten so wrapped up in a book that you forget where you are? This happens to me constantly! If I could afford to, I would go on vacation once or twice a month. However, us readers are lucky enough to be able to go on a vacation whenever we choose!
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My personal favorite thing to do is to curl up in a warm blanket with my hot chocolate and read a book. That, to me, is the most relaxing thing in the world. Books, such as self-help books or those with happy endings, have the ability to lower your blood pressure and bring you a sense of peace.
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Improves writing skills.
Well-written books can effect a person’s own writing — writing styles of authors can influence, and perhaps improve, your writing style.
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When you start a book, you are introduced to new characters, different settings, a new plot, and the character’s history and habits. That is a lot to remember! When you create new memories, like that of what you are reading, your brain forges new pathways. Those new pathways strengthen existing ones which helps short-term memory and stabilizes moods! I used to have an incredible memory but I have found that the busier I get, the less I can remember. However, when I start reading more often I am forced to take more breaks (physically and mentally) and I am able to remember more things. One thing that always surprises me is that I can remember characters and plots from a book that I read years ago!
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Increases concentration and focus.
All day our minds are running a hundred miles and hour and we have multiple things to concentrate on — social media, email, text messages, errands, grocery lists, conversations, kids, etc. Multi-tasking causes our stress levels to rise and it also tends to lower our productivity. Reading focuses our attention on one thing and everything else falls away.
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Every book you read has the ability to teach you something new. Authors spend a lot of time researching for their books and that knowledge seeps into their books. It is amazing the things that I have learned from books!
What other benefits of reading can you think of?