Did you know reading is good for you? It can help you improve your memory, enrich your vocabulary, stimulate your imagination and develop empathy. Reading also allows you to learn new things to help you succeed in your work and relationships. According to a study by the journal Social Science & Medicine, reading books, can also help you live longer. This is because reading slows your hearth rate and as your eyes move across the page it produces a stress – reducing, meditative state in your brain. The study found that, on average, book readers live almost two years longer than non – readers, regardless of their wealth, education, health or sex.
Books can be both an escape and an adventure. When you are reading, you have the opportunity to think about things in new ways, learn about cultures, events, and people you may have never otherwise heard of, and can adopt methods of thinking that help to reshape or enhance your identity. For example, you might read a mystery novel and learn that you have an interest in solving cases and paying attention to clues.
Reading can teach values. You can learn and teach the difference between right and wrong and explore various cultural perspectives and ways of life.
When you read a lot, you undoubtedly learn a lot. The more you read, the more you learn. Having a diverse set of knowledge will make you a more engaging conversationalist and can empower you to speak to more people from different backgrounds and experiences because you can connect based on shared information. Some people may argue that “ignorance is bliss,” but the truth is “knowledge is power.”