Book lovers Day: 7 Reasons Why Reading Books Is Good For Health

A book lover knows the importance of reading a book and how it impacts their health. Here we will give 7 reasons why reading a book can help a person.

Chanchal Sengar
Written by: Chanchal SengarUpdated at: Aug 12, 2019 11:34 IST
Book lovers Day: 7 Reasons Why Reading Books Is Good For Health

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Only an avid book lover can tell what it feels like to immerse in a book. A book reading session is extremely therapeutic that it takes you to another world. You begin to feel more connected with yourself and thus, it largely impacts your health. Science has proved that reading a good book can secure one’s health in many ways. So, here we bring to you 7 reasons why you should start reading a book now!

#1 Releases stress

Stress is a part of life and we all go through it almost every day! Besides a good walk and a warm cup of hot chocolate, an uninterrupted book reading session can help you reduce the stress levels. According to a study done by the University of Sussex, reading a book is found to reduce stress by a whopping 68 percent. Unwind yourself with a good book.

#2 Prevents the risk of dementia

Reading exercises your brain and opens up the neural pathways. It is a cognitive activity that reduces cognitive decline such as memory loss. Therefore, it is advised to read a book every day to combat memory-related issues as you age. Make it a habit to read a book and you won’t have to struggle to remember things.

#3 Increases Vocabulary

As you read, you learn new words, new concepts and a lot of new things. As you’d read a new word, you’d want to know its meaning and this keeps ongoing. This increases your vocabulary and aptitude. Especially in children, reading practice is found to increase their vocab by 15 percent.

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#4 Enhances Creativity

The more you read, the more creative you’ll become. According to research done by the University of Toronto, reading fictional books opens up the brain and helps the reader learn new perspectives. It thus makes you more creative. So next time you get stuck at something, indulge in a good reading session.

#5 Helps you get a good sleep

If you struggle to sleep at night, start reading books an hour prior to your bedtime. Make this a nightly ritual and you’d see the results within a few days only! But make sure that you don’t use your mobile phone during this time as the light emitted from them is bad for health.

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#6 May increase longevity

The habit of reading can increase longevity. As per a study published in 2016 in Social Science & Medicine, people who read regularly are found to live longer and healthier than those who don’t read books.

#7 Improves communication skills

People who read are found to have great communication skills. Their strong verbal ground helps them build strong communication with everybody. You get confidence to connect to new people which strengthens your social circle.

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