As a child I already had a great love for books. I could read from the age of 5 and went several times a month to the library with my parents.
During my studies, reading to relax was rather low. I read a lot of professional literature and courses. After my graduation I regained my love for books and now I really can’t live without them!
I love being sucked into the lives of sparkling characters with my nose between the pages. It is one of my favorite activities in my spare time.
And it turns out that reading has a lot of benefits too!
1. Reading Reduces Stress
No matter how stressed you are and wherever that stress comes from, it drops significantly when you plunge into a story in a book. It’ ll also lower your blood pressure.
A well-written article or book can take you somewhere else in your head. It takes you out of the moment you are in.
However, a serious article can sometimes confront you with the present. If you really want to relax, a book with an interesting, exciting or beautiful story is something that can really help you.
If you read books that give you insight or relaxation, this can give you a lot of peace and quiet. Often the threshold in busy times is very high, to sit down and read quietly. Yet it is good to consciously choose for this!
Reading a book with inspiring texts, spiritual depth or an emotional but beautiful story can help you relax and really calm down. Precisely because it gives you beautiful messages to think about.
A study shows that just six minutes of reading a day can reduce your stress level by two-thirds. Pretty nice to know, right? Especially in uncertain times or when you’re trying to keep all the balls in the air.
2. Reading Is Good For Emotional Well-being
Are you having a hard time or have you just cried? Then it may be a good idea to dive into a book afterwards. This can have a comforting effect on your feelings and thoughts. You can breathe quietly and find peace again. Something else, to have a break and continue with a fresh look afterwards.
You will learn how to empathize with others, as you read about the ups and downs in the lives of different characters. When you can empathize with others, you can learn a lot about life, but also about yourself.
When you read a book about someone who is going through all kinds of things, you also learn what this can do to a person or it makes you think about how you would do it.
Reading gives you the opportunity to reflect or learn things that you have not yet learned from life. This can help you in friendships, at work or when you experience something yourself.
3. Reading Improves Your Attention Span
In daily life we are used to doing everything at once. Multitasking is something that is encouraged, while mono tasking has been coming back for a while now. Focusing on one thing at a time is very valuable. There is only one thing you are concerned with, and that is a relief for your brain.
A tension curve that is longer than 5 minutes is very useful at school or while you’re working, but still we sometimes find it difficult. Reading can help.
If you read a book and are caught by the story, you are really in it. You have no sense of time or place, only an eye for the story. If you’re not used to reading, it will only take a short time in the beginning, but the more you read, the longer you’ll be able to concentrate on your book. This also has an effect on your concentration in daily life, at work or at school. So nice if you read on a regular basis.
4. Reading Influences Your Memory
Research shows that reading influences your cognitive development. A lot of reading can even reduce the risk of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. It improves your memory. You remember everything from such a book. What the house looks like, who plays which roles, what their past is and what they all experience. This stimulates certain parts of the brain that make you cognitively stronger. You also make new connections in your brain, so that even more brain cells can communicate with each other. And that is a must to keep an aging brain healthy.
In addition to these health benefits, reading also contributes to your intellect. You expand your vocabulary and stimulate your empathy. Writing and talking can become easier if you read a lot. Your vocabulary gets bigger, you know more situations or stories in which other people describe things and you are better at synthesizing sentences. Reading therefore influences how you put things into words.
5. Reading Stimulates Your Imagination
You often see everything in your head in front of you. What that person looks like, what she is wearing, where she lives and who she meets.
In your head you create a whole image. Fantasy gives you a certain freedom and creativity!
Creativity that is not only important in art, but also to learn to solve all kinds of situations in your daily life.
For me, this is the main reason why I will always read the book version before watching a film adaptation. After all, my own imagination and mental representation of the story is unique and can be far removed from how a director interprets it.
Reading is more satisfying than watching TV, because you decide where you start and where you end. You decide the cliffhanger!
I’m curious if you guys are one of those bookworms too… Or maybe you are new to the book world? That’s also wonderful to hear about!
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Enjoy the books! 😉
With love ❤,