How Reading Can Positively Affect your Life

Did you know that reading can positively benefit both your mental and physical health with affects lasting a lifetime? Here are some of the top ways regular reading can change your body and mind for the better.

  1. Reading can increase brain connectivity, especially in the somatosensory cortex, which is the part of the brain that responds to physical sensations.
  2. Reading increases vocabulary in children, as well as raises self-esteem, builds good communication skills and strengthens the brain.
  3. Long-term fiction readers tend to have a stronger ability to theorize, as well as a heightened ability to empathize with others.
  4. Daily reading helps prevent age-related cognitive decline as it keeps your mind engaged for long periods of time.
  5. Reading is known to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, heart rate.
  6. Reading before bed can help prepare your body for a good night’s rest.
  7. Reading can help alleviate symptoms of depression by allowing you to feel less isolated and estranged from others.
  8. People who read more than 3.5 hours per week are 23% likely to live longer than those who do not read at all.

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