Reading Habits

How books change us for the Better

When last did you read a book or thoroughly read a magazine? Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body; it keeps you mentally fit and sound. Read more...

When last did you read a book or thoroughly read a magazine? Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body; it keeps you mentally fit and sound. If you have not made a habit of reading regularly, you might be missing out: reading has a significant number of benefits, and just a few benefits of reading are listed below.

1. Stress reduction:
No matter how much stress you have at work, in your personal relationships, or countless other issues faced in daily life, it all just slips away when you lose yourself in a great story. Do books simply offer us an escape from what weighs us down? That’s part of it. But reading doesn’t necessarily lead us away from our problems—and if it does, often we can turn around and see them more clearly. We see ourselves, as well as our biggest worries, mirrored in books. This heightens our perspective. Characters learn that tough times are normal; so, do many readers.

2. Increases Knowledge:
A famous Dr. Seuss goes thus, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go.” Everything you read fills your head with new bits of information, and you never know when it might come in handy. The more knowledge you have, the better-equipped you are to tackle any challenge you will ever face.

3. Increase our emotional intelligence:
Getting deep into a good book can make it easier for you to relate with others. Researchers in the Netherlands designed two experiments that showed that people who were “emotionally transported” by a work of fiction experienced boosts in empathy.

4. It may help to fight Alzheimer disease:
Reading puts your brain to work and that’s a good thing. Just as physical activity strengthens the heart, muscles and bones, intellectual activity strengthens the brain against disease. Medical studies reveal that exercising the brain may help because inactivity increases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s, inactivity is an early indicator of the disease, or a little of each.

5. Reading before bed can help you sleep better:
Creating a bedtime ritual, like reading before bed, signals to your body that it’s time to wind down and go to sleep. Reading a real book helps you relax more than zoning out in front of a screen before bed. Screens like e-readers, laptops and tablets can keep you awake longer and even hurt your sleep. So, reach for the literal page-turners before switching off the light.