There’s nothing better than kicking back with a good book, right? It allows you to have a time of solitude and disconnect from everyday distractions. Reading can positively affect your life in various ways. It benefits both your mental and physical health in the long run, and it also provides great entertainment. Studies have shown that reading strengthens your brain. Reading activates certain networks of signals in the brain that get stronger the more they are activated. Hence, the more you read the more stronger your brain becomes. Reading also helps build your vocabulary. It allows you to be exposed to new words in different contexts. Researchers have found that those who read books regularly from a young age end up developing a large vocabulary. Reading has also been proven to reduce stress. A study that was conducted on college students found that reading on a regular basis lowered blood pressure, heart rate, and psychological distress. Who knew? Reading has also been known to be a good “before bed” activity. This is because it is an activity that helps you unwind and disconnect. It helps block out all the noise as you immerse in another narrative. If you are not already an avid reader now is the perfect time to start! As we are all in quarantine and have nothing but time in our hands. Reading is an activity that can help calm you and distract you from all the craziness we are experiencing in this difficult time.
*All research data was found on healthline.com