Since we were children we’ve all been told that reading is good for us. Growing up we were not only assigned books in school but also over the summer. And there is a reason for that. If you can’t read, you can’t function on your own — that’s just a fact — but there are less obvious benefits to reading that many of you may not know about. Some of those perks are the following.
Reading Reduces Stress
Reading has actually been proven to relieve stress by 68% percent. If you’re having a bad day, all you have to do is open a book and your brain can enter another world. And when you’re brain calms down, your body will too.
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2. Reading Helps build Your vocabulary
Reading is the fastest way to learn new vocabulary. A strong vocabulary is not only essential for effective reading and writing but also communication. It is incredibly difficult to comprehend what someone is telling you when you don’t understand some of the words they’re using.
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3. READING ALSO IMPROVES YOUR MEMORY
Reading creates new memories. While reading you have to memorize characters, scenes, relationships, and thoughts. Each new memory causes your brain to form new connections between neurons and synapses, making the olds one stronger.
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4. READING HELPS YOU GAIN Knowledge
Reading is a great way to gain knowledge about new subjects. For example, if you wanted to learn about how to take care of a maltipoo you could read the novel Maltipoo Complete Owner’s Manual by Elliott Lang.
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5. READING HELPS YOU GAIN Stronger analytical Thinking Skills
Reading has been proven to help improve your analytical thinking skills. Analytical thinking skills are important because they allow you to find quick solutions to any problem you may be facing. They also help you analyze data.
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6. READING HELPS YOU Empathize With others
While reading a well-crafted novel, you are likley to empathize with the protagonist. You may agree with their actions, or you may not, but if the protagonist is realistic, you should be able to understand their motivations. This will help you empathize with others in real life, and get a better understanding of where they’re coming from, especially if they’re similar to a character you’ve read about.
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If you aren’t an active reader already, try it out. Start by reading once a week if every day is too much for you. You can work your way up from there. Reading is not only fun, but so helpful in many aspects of life. So give it a shot. You won’t regret it!