Did you know that children as young as six months who have books read to them by their parents several times a week show stronger literacy skills four years later, score higher on intelligence tests, and land better jobs later on in life compared to non-readers?
Isn’t that amazing?
There is nothing quite like the feel and smell of a book. Nothing digital comes near it. Having said that, reading, whether in paper form or on a screen, has many benefits.
Reading has many incredible benefits. Here are 11 of them.
1. Promotes mental health
Research has found that people who keep their brains active by reading or playing mentally challenging games like chess are 2.5 times less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than those who spend their down time on less stimulating activities.
Studies have shown that staying mentally alert can slow the progress of (or possibly even prevent) Alzheimer’s and dementia.
2. Reduces stress
Snuggling up with a good book can transport you to the magic of other worlds away from immediate worries, thus reducing stress.
A 2009 study by the University of Sussex found that reading for just six minutes can reduce stress levels by up to 68%.