8 Benefits of Reading


Reading benefits

When was the last time you cracked open a paperback, or even read a magazine article? Does your daily reading revolve around memes, tweets and Instagram posts? If this is you, use those online savvy reading skills to buy a paperback online and get reading today!

Luke from Book & Gifts Direct, Australia’s largest online book seller says reading is one of the best parts of any day, and takes your mind of any stresses.

“Reading is a great escape into another world, even if it is just for 5 minutes. Reading has so many other great benefits, it’s hard to see why people can say they don’t enjoy reading”, she says.

Here are just some of the benefits to enjoying a night in with a good book

1. Stress reduction

Stress is an inevitable part of everyday life. Whether it be pressures at work, struggles in relationships or other daily stresses, it can all disappear when you crack open a new book. A well written novel can take you into another dimension, time, place or realm, helping you escape reality-even if just for a while.

2. Knowledge

Every new book, magazine or article you read is filling your head with new and exciting information. This information may be completely useless (hello trivia!) or can come in handy when you least expect it. The more knowledge you possess, the better prepared you are for life’s challenges.

3. Vocabulary expansion

It comes down to this- the more you read, the more words you gain exposure to, which in turn helps makes their way into your everyday vocabulary. Being well spoken and articulate is one of the most endearing traits anyone can acquire. Being articulate can aid in your career, as those who are well-read, well-spoken and knowledgeable on a range of topics are more likely to be chosen for promotion over those who aren’t.

4. Memory improvement

When you read a book, you venture into a world of characters, their backgrounds, history and an assortment of arcs and sub-plots. These stories tunnel their way into your memory, and you catch yourself remembering a clever or funny part of the stories plot. Amazingly, every new memory you create forges new brain pathways and strengthens existing ones. This ability helps short term memory recall as well as stabilises moods.

5. Makes you more empathetic

Nothing is better than getting lost in a good book, especially a good fiction novel. Literary fiction has the power to help its readers understand what others are thinking, making it easier for you to relate to others. What a good excuse to start reading!

6. Improved concentration

When you read a book, everything around you falls into a blur and all your devotion is concentrated on the book. In a single 5-minute span, the average person will check emails, chat with people, monitor their smartphone and work. This type of behaviour causes stress levels to rise, and productivity to decrease.

Try reading for 15-20 minutes at the start of your day, and you will find you are more focused once you start your working day.

7. Mental stimulation

Studies have proven that staying mentally motivated can drastically slow the progress of Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Your brain is a muscle, so it requires exercise to keep it strong and healthy. Reading, doing puzzles and playing board games are perfect examples of ways to keep mentally stimulated.

8. Reading before sleep helps you sleep

By creating a night time ritual, like opening a paperback book before bed, tells your body that it is time to wind down and go to sleep. Reading a paperback book helps you relax more than conking out like a zombie in front of a screen. Studies show e-readers and tablets can keep you awake long and even damage our sleep. Crack open a good paperback tonight!

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