8 Reasons Reading Makes You a Better You
Think back to the last time you read a book. Like a real book. One with chapters, characters, a story-line and possibly a happy ending. Most people get their daily reading through the news, Facebook, tweets, and directions on the back of their frozen dinners. Reading novels have significant benefits and by skipping daily reading, you could be missing out. Here are the top 8 benefits to reading daily…
1. Brain Upgrade
People who read have higher GPA’s, higher intelligence, and general knowledge than those that don’t. In Anne E. Cunningham’s paper What Reading Does for the Mind (pdf version), she found that reading, in general, makes you smarter, and it keeps your mind sharp.
2. Stress Reducer
Books are a great way to forget about your everyday stressors and get away. It can be like taking a trip without actually ever leaving!
Reading everyday is important for a clear mind. Reading forces you to sit down after or before a busy day. With instant text, messages, videos, our minds and bodies can use a quiet space to revitalize ourselves.
4. Problem Solving
Cunningham’s studies have found that analytical thinking is boosted by reading. People can improve their general knowledge by picking up a book and reading. More importantly they are able to spot patterns quicker and solve problems easier.
5. Expanded Vocabulary
Reading improves vocabulary more than talking or teaching. Reading forces people to look at words that they might not have seen or heard recently in daily conversations.
Reading helps retaining information. Simple as that.
7. Enhanced Memory
By reading daily you can increase your memory. The brain-stimulating activities from reading have shown to slow down cognitive decline in old age.
8. Deeper Sympathy
The study, conducted by Rose Turner from Kingston University in London, found that individuals who enjoy reading are more friendly and understanding.
Of course everyone has a different taste in reading. However, I promise there is a genre for everyone. Whether you are into romance, sci-fi, biographies, there is something out there that can push your imagination and get you turning pages. Find what gets you excited and start reading for a better you. Next time you have some spare time, put the phone down and pick up a book.
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