In this article we will give you five good reasons why it is good to read. The first reason is that reading is good for our brains. In fact, a lifetime spent reading keeps your brain fit, even when you are a certain age. This was stated in research published in the journal Neurology. The second reason is that reading helps you sleep better, because after you’ve settled in for a good night’s reading, reading is a great help, especially if you do it in dim light or keep the brightness of your e-reader to a minimum. The third reason is that reading helps you to be more positive and creative. In fact, according to research conducted by the University of Toronto, participants who dedicated themselves to reading fiction novels had less need to resort to ‘cognitive closure’, i.e. the need to obtain a clear and definite answer regarding a specific object of knowledge. In essence, those who read fiction are more open-minded. The fourth reason is because reading makes you live longer According to a study by Yale University, conducted on 3,635 people older than 50 years, it was found that those who read daily for at least 30 minutes have a life expectancy 23 months longer than non-readers. It seems that reading books creates a cognitive engagement that improves vocabulary, thinking ability and concentration. The fifth and final reason why it is a good initiative to start reading is because reading reduces stress. In fact, research at the University of Sussex shows that reading is an effective tool for reducing stress, even more so than listening to music, having a cup of tea or going for a walk. By measuring heart rate and muscle tension, the study showed that it took only six minutes for the participants in the experiment to start relaxing from the moment they started reading.