There’s no secret that we’re living in unprecedented times. With Covid-19, social distancing, and racial tensions running high, it’s safe to say that we are living in a very stressful environment. In fact, studies show that Americans are more stressed than ever before. It’s easy to get distracted by all that is going on around you. But what if I told you, there’s one thing that you can do to help minimize your stress in addition to a bunch of other benefits. Want to know what it is? Reading! Yes, the act of reading is a tried and true practice that has been proven to improve your quality of life. So, how often do you read? Keep reading to learn the 11 benefits of reading every day.
Why is Reading Important?
Not only is the ability to read a vital tool needed to be able to function in today’s world. Reading is a form of self-care and is good for you. Just like being active, eating healthy foods, and getting enough sleep can improve your overall physical health. Actively reading can improve your mental and emotional wellbeing.
While your brain may not technically be a muscle, you should still be intentional on exercising it. I like to think of reading as an exercise for your brain. What happens when you physically exercise? Your body becomes stronger. Well, the same happens to your brain when you read. Just like you make time to go for a run, or lift weights, you should also make time to read.
11 Benefits of Reading Every Day
As I stated earlier, there are a number of mental and emotional benefits that actively reading every day can provide. Here are 11 proven benefits of reading every day.
Stimulates your mind
Reading is literally exercise for your brain. The more that you exercise the stronger you get. When you read every day, you’re allowing your mind to expand and strengthen as you do.
Want to put your mind at ease and relax? Give reading a try. Studies show that reading for just six minutes can reduce your stress by 68 percent!
Improves your focus and concentration
Did you know that reading every day can also improve your attention span? How? Because when you read, you’re thinking in a sequence of events rather than being consumed by a bunch of scattered thoughts or ideas. As a result, your overall focus and concentration will improve over time.
It is a healthy habit
You know that I am all about good habits. And reading is a great habit! Reading is a skill that requires patience and determination. Besides all of the great benefits that I’ve already mentioned, reading should be something that you add to your routine for sure.
Improves your memory
Because reading is a brain-stimulating activity, your memory can increase as well. In fact, studies show that reading can help slow down the cognitive decline that naturally happens with old age.
Makes you smarter
Some of the world’s smartest and successful people read. It makes you smarter in a number of ways including improved vocabulary, increases your ability to process information, and exposes you to new things.
Improves your writing skills
When you read, your writing skills will naturally improve. Why? Because actively reading exposes you to other diverse forms of writing which may be better than your own. When you’re exposed to amazing writing, it will inspire you to improve your own writing skills.
It is entertaining and fun
Another benefit of reading? It’s entertaining and fun! I don’t know about you, but I love getting lost in a good book, I’ve connected with so many stories and characters. Some of your favorite movies started out as books, so if the movie is entertaining imagine how amazing the book is.
Can help you live longer
That’s right! A few years ago, Yale did a study and found that people who actively read live longer than those that do not. The proof is in the pudding! Reading improves your quality of life.
Reading can also get your creative juices flowing. Just as much as it sparks your imagination, it broadens your mind and your way of thinking. When your mind is open, you’re more open to viewing, and trying new things in fun and exciting ways.
Improves your analytical skills
Last but not least, your analytical skills can improve when you read. Based on all the things I’ve mentioned above, brain stimulation, improved focus, improved memory, this all helps to improve your analytical skills as well. When you read you allow yourself to actively engage with the words on the page. Asking questions, understanding different viewpoints and perspectives all enhance your ability to analyze.
That’s it!! Have I convinced to you start reading yet? Let me know in the comments below.