How Does Reading Benefit You?

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.

 

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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.

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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!

 

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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!

Do not hesitate to contact me or leave a message below in the comment box.

Enjoy the books! 😉

With love ❤,

Catherine

 

 

 

6 Comments

  1. Hi Catherine, I’ve been a bookworm my entire life. Nothing better to forget your troubles for a little while than getting lost in a good book. Looking forward to checking out some of your reviews and finding a good book to read. Thanks.

  2. Deb

    I love your article. I am a bookworm and so is my daughter and grand-daughters. We ll love the Harry Potter series and yes we all read the books before indulging in the movies. Now that they have come out with illustrated versions we are all reading the series again. That isn’t all we read of course. We read anything and everything. I can remember when my daughter was in grade 5, I took her to the library and she borrowed 5 chapter books. I figured they would keep her busy for a while. She was done by the end of the long weekend, lol, so much for keeping her busy for a while. The library became her favorite place. I find it interesting that you mention reading may prevent Alzheimer’s’, this is not always the case. My mother was an avid reader, in fact, I don’t ever remember not seeing her nose in a book. she did suffer from Alzheimer’s and passed away from complications of Alzheimer’s several years ago. It was a sad day when we realized she no longer remembered how to read. I am sure it may help in some cases but not all. What are your favorite books? How often do you read?

    1. Hi Deb, nice to hear that reading is a popular activity with the women in your family!
      I personally love to read psychological thrillers. I’m a huge fan of Scandinavian authors like Stieg Larsson, Camilla Läckberg, Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, Samuel Bjørk.
      I can also appreciate the books of Liane Moriarty.
      I read an average of one book a week. During the weekends I have more time to read, but that doesn’t stop me from reading during the week. My husband watches TV and I read a book 😉

      All the best, Catherine.

  3. Hi Catherine,

    I truly loved reading this article.

    Books are beautiful, and I sometimes collect the stories I’ve dug into in the past. They’re kind of like trophies that I leave on the shelf.

    But it’s so much more than that…

    Whenever friends come over, we can discuss the different titles, and I can lend them out. It’s always a great conversation starter.

    I also love finding rare gems.

    When I was younger, I realized that ‘The Three Musketeers’ were real people, and the writer (Alexander Dumas) had based his novel on their exploits.

    Reading truly is a gift, and it’s nice to see this article reminding us of its’ tremendous value.

    Thank you.

  4. Hi Catherine
    Well, I am definitely a bookworm, or at least I have always thought myself to be. I never go anywhere without a book, just in case I have to wait for a few minutes. I know today waiting rooms around the world are filled with people frantically checking their smartphones. I will still be one of the few sitting reading a book. I usually read a few books at a time and skip between them. One for my book club, at least one or two on investing and money, sometimes something about current affairs. I like to mix fiction and non-fiction. I will even have one book on the go that I do want to get through but nevertheless serves as a fabulous soporific. If I really want to take a nap on a Sunday afternoon, just prop myself up in a thick armchair or on the couch pick up that ponderous tome and after a page or two my head will have dropped and I will be blissfully in the land of nod. Now that has to be a good stress reliever!
    Thanks and best regards
    Andy

  5. Lovely article. I have loads of books and most of them are as yet unread. However, I am waiting for the day when I feel motivated to start reading them. I feel my life is overtaken now by what´s on TV or social media and I really need to get back to my books because I do love them. They can´t be there just for pure decoration! Your article may well inspire me to take one down from the shelf this weekend and spend half-hour, if poss, starting a new adventure in my mind. Thank you!

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