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Health Benefits of Reading

Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She writes articles that are interesting to her readers.


Benefits for the Brain

Your brain is a muscle that needs exercise just as your body needs it to stay strong and healthy. Reading is an effective way to keep your brain active. Think of reading as a good workout for your brain to keep it in shape.

Reading can help your brain in several ways.

  • Helps to improve focus
  • Aids in concentration
  • Sharpens memory
  • Lowers cognitive decline by 32 percent

Reading Produces Knowledge

Reading fills your mind with knowledge and information that you can use on a regular basis. You can use that information to succeed in every area of your life. When you read, you learn about science, finances, nutrition, health, social issues and so many other things that are worth knowing.

You can read about people and places all over the world. It will help you learn things about other cultures as if you were physically in those places.

Reading helps people enlarge their vocabulary and learn to spell words. Scientists have concluded that people learn up to 15 percent more words by reading books, magazines, and newspapers than if they never read anything.

Reading is so accessible to everybody these days. With the rapid growth of the internet and e-books, people don't have to worry about where their next book is coming from. If they prefer to hold a book in their hands and feel the touch of paper as they read, they can make the library their friend where they can borrow books, magazines, and newspapers.


Reading is Entertainment

People who read can be entertained without spending lots of money going to the movies, concerts, and shows. They can be entertained just by reading books about what is going on in the entertainment world. Spend time in the library to catch up on what is happening in your own local community as well as what is happening around the world.


Rest and Relaxation

When you need to rest and relax, curl up with a good book. Reading reduces stress by as much as 68 percent, according to therapists.

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A book can take your mind off of what's worrying you. Reading can transport you into another space and time. Before you know it, you will be well-rested and relaxed.

Those who read regularly tend to sleep better, have lower stress levels, experience higher self-esteem, and notice a decrease in periods of depression.


Reading is Therapeutic

"Bibliotherapy" is a term used to describe reading for therapeutic effects. Studies show that reading can make you happy. Scientists believe books can be a stimulant or a sedative. When you read a book, it should impact you in some way.

Reading a book is an excellent way to improve your mental health and your relationships with others.

It might surprise some people, but avid readers already know that when they read about an experience, they feel as though they are going through that experience themselves. A 2011 study published in the Annual Review of Psychology showed that the reader can put himself in the story he is reading. A reader begins to feel the emotions of the characters as if the action is happening to him.

Avid Readers Make Better Writers

It is no surprise that people who read often are better writers. That's because readers pick up tips from other writers. They have a better vocabulary which enables them to not use the same words all the time. Instead, they can use various synonyms. Subconsciously, readers develop the style of good writers without even trying.


It has been proven that people who are avid reader excel in many areas of their lives. They can have conversations in social settings. They know how to handle challenges that non-readers might not have any clue about.

If you want the benefits of reading, then pick up a book that will enhance your life by getting exercise for your brain, becoming knowledgeable about certain things, being entertained, getting rest and relaxation and becoming better writers.

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Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on June 26, 2018:

Anne, yes, indeed! If people didn't read, they wouldn't have much to write about. I find myself subconsciously using phrases and expressions I have seen in something I read. So, I totally agree that reading can augment writing. (See, I mirrored what you said).

Anne Cox from California on June 26, 2018:

Good article. A quality read, as always -- gleaning insight from the article. I didn't realize that reading can augment writing. Excellent!

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