When was the last time you read a really great book? Better yet, when was the last time you picked up a book and actually wanted to read it for fun? For the majority of busy adults, the last time they read a book was in college. A book more than likely assigned by a professor, or a teacher in high school. In today’s busy world, with the hustle and bustle of everyday, we don’t often slow down long enough to read a book. So why should you make time for what some see as an outdated hobby?
There are plenty of reasons to pick up a book, your health being one of them! Here are 8 surprising health benefits to reading:
1. Makes You SMARTER
Yes, you read that right. Reading actually makes you smarter. It opens your mind and takes you to new places. You can experience a whole different time period, place, or society. Ultimately, it can provide a clearer understanding of the world around you.
2. Reduces STRESS
How, you might ask? Well, when you read you generally are sitting still and focusing. That intentional slow pace is great for your heart, mind, and body. It’s a form of meditation that can easily distract you from the stressors of everyday life.
3. Provides Greater TRANQUILITY
Refer to the above statement. Sitting and being mindful of something other than work, relationships or bills is great for your state of mind, and for bringing peace into your life. Unless of course you are reading a high impact thriller (then we can’t help you).
4. Improves Analytical THINKING
Reading gets you to improve your knowledge and seek out patterns. For instance, are you the person who seems to always know what the ending of the movie is before it happens? That’s using your analytical thinking, and reading gives you the same boost.
5. Increases VOCABULARY
The best part about picking up a book is reading words you more than likely don’t use in everyday conversation. Every time we pick up a new read we are bound to walk away having learned a new word or two. It then becomes that much easier to incorporate them into your daily vocabulary.
6. Improves MEMORY
Flexing those brain muscles also has the benefit of improving your memory, or your detail recall. When reading you have to use your imagination and recall and recreate visuals to match the story you are reading.
7. Improves WRITING SKILLS
The best writers will tell you that reading everyday is vital to their success. Increasing your vocabulary, knowledge, and descriptive words (imagination) are all key in reaching your audience. Those small things are what make your writing come to life and hook readers in.
8. Helps PRIORITIZE GOALS
Reading expands your horizons and gets you to see the world around you in a different light. Often times, after a reading a great book, you find new things you want to learn, see, or do. Anything that helps you to discover more of yourself is a worthwhile goal or hobby.
Don’t want to invest in books, or don’t have the extra cash to spend on them? Visit your local library. They are amazing community resources where you can read, discover, and look through a variety of books.