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If you’re one of those countless people who loves reading then there is a good news for you.
Reading has significant number of benefits and everyone should incorporate the habit of reading books daily for sometime. Its much more than simply being a hobby.
1) Improves Mental Health
Reading daily for sometime simulates brain and thus improve brain connectivity which results in improving your cognitive skills.
Studies have shown that staying mentally alert people can slow the progress of (or possibly even prevent) Alzheimer’s and dementia since keeping your brain active and engaged prevents it from losing power.
Using MRI Scans, researchers have confirmed that reading involves a complex network of circuits and signals in the brain. As your reading ability matures, those networks also get stronger and more sophisticated.
2) Reduces Stress
In today's stressful lifestlye its really important to incorporate some relaxation techniques like yoga, meditation, reading etc into your daily schedules to rejuvenate.
A good book can transport you to the other realms and keep you in the present moment, letting tensions drain away and allowing you to relax away from immediate worries, reducing stress.
A Study by the University of Sussex found that reading for just six minutes can reduce stress levels by up to 68%.
Dr Lewis, Cognitive Neuropsychologist told: “Losing yourself in a book is the ultimate relaxation. This is particularly poignant in uncertain economic times when we are all craving a certain amount of escapism.”
The study found that 30 minutes of reading lowered blood pressure and feelings of psychological distress just as effectively as yoga and humor did.
3) Alleviate Depression Symptoms
People with depression often feel isolated and estranged from everyone else. And that’s a feeling books can sometimes lessen.
Reading fiction can allow you to temporarily escape your own world and become swept up in the imagined experiences of the characters. And nonfiction self-help books can teach you strategies that may help you manage symptoms.
That’s why the United Kingdom’s National Health Service has begun Reading Well a Books on Prescription program, where medical experts prescribe self-help books curated by medical experts specifically for certain conditions.
4) Make You More Empathetic
Reading books makes you more empathetic. Reading about the life and times of people who live or lived in different circumstances from you can make it easier for you to understand and relate to those who are different from you.
Books are there to open the world up for us; to take us out of our own environment and show us the realities of others out there. Some books have the power to change your mind and outlook completely.
5) Enhances Knowledge
The more knowledge you have, the better equipped you are to handle many of life’s challenges.Knowledge can never be taken from you and books are a good source to well equipped yourself with the weapon of knowledge. Reading also helps in improving your vocabulary and writing skills. Holding the experiences of legendary people books can be your biggest guide.
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