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