Reading for Better Health - Six Benefits You Didn't Know About
Ever since the Internet has taken over the world, reading habits have drastically changed. People now read more tweets, Facebook status updates, and blogs rather than a good book or substantial magazine/newspaper article. We have a few good reasons why you should ditch the Internet for thirty minutes a day and pick up a good book again.
- Mental Stimulation: The mantra of “Use it or lose it” is very true when it comes to our brains. The more we challenge and use our brains, the sharper our cognitive skills are. Reading helps stimulate the brain. However, not just any reading will do. Reading a well-thought out book causes our brain to slow down and absorb what we are reading. It makes us picture what is going on. A book with an impressive vocabulary challenges our brains. When we keep challenging our brains in this manner, we are preventing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
- Stress-Reducer: Want to sizzle your stress away quickly? Just pick up a book you enjoy reading. One of the most amazing powers that a good book has is that it can transport its reader to another time and place.
- More Knowledge: The more you read, the more you know. This is especially true if you read quality non-fiction and fiction. Learning should be a life long journey, not just something you do in high school and in college. If you continue to chase after knowledge, you will be surprised how bits of information can help you later in life.
- Memory Booster: Reading a novel is like introducing your brain to new people, places, and other facts. Your brain has to create new memories when you read, which is beneficial for older memories. The memory is strengthened when you read.
- Stronger Analytical Skills: Several books will challenge your ability to analyze and dissect the literature. Mystery stories are great for analytical skills because they help you dissect through present evidence and try to come to a conclusion on what has happened before the end of the story.
- Improved Focus and Concentration: The Internet is also to blame for the society’s ADHD-like behaviors. Most individuals try to multi-task several different tasks at once, while being distracted by other websites and social media. All of this makes for more stress and less focus and productivity. Focused reading can help you stay focused on other tasks too.
Now you don’t have any more excuses not to read more. Reading will make you smarter and more interesting, while keeping your brain healthy and your stress levels at bay. With the advent of devices such as tablets and smartphones, it is easy to read a great piece of literature everywhere you go. Pick up a good book today.