- Boosts knowledge
This should be no surprise that reading encourages knowledge. In todays world, majority aim to know about a broad range of topics and genres, in keeping up with conversations and reading is always the way to go.
- Enhances imagination and gives inspiration.
Most readers are great dreamers as reading allows them to delve into their imagination simultaneously boosting it. It also inspires to create.
- Expands vocabulary and improves speech
Over the years, many studies have showed a strong link between reading and a richer vocabulary. For instance, a study showed gradual improvement of students’ vocabulary and reading skills through reading English newspapers.
- Promotes mental health and prevents cognitive decline
In one study, participants were asked to read “Pompeii” and as the plot grew more intense, increasing regions of the brain showed enhanced activity. Brain scans revealed that reading stories not only strengthens language processing areas but also affects the reader through embodied semantics in sensorimotor regions by enhancing long-term connectivity. Another study even suggested that individuals that read, have a lower chance of developing diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
- Develops empathy
According to researchers from the University of Toronto, reading may change certain personality traits of readers. Some results indicate that fictional literature may facilitate empathy.
- Improves sleep
Another strain of neuroscience by the University of Sussex showed that even six minutes of reading reduces stress by 68%, even helping people with Insomnia.