We know that reading is one of the main drivers of our imaginations and of our intellectual capacities. This activity also has a positive effect on health, however.
Here are some of the benefits of reading that will motivate you to spend more time doing this important activity:
- Prevents cognitive impairment: Several studies have shown that this activity stimulates neuronal processes, activating brain plasticity and preventing or reducing mental deterioration and diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
- Reduces stress: This activity is perfect for relaxing our minds after an exhausting day. According to a study conducted by the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom, reading can reduce our stress levels by 68% and can even be more effective than listening to music or going on an excursion.
- Stimulates our perceptivity and ability to concentrate: This activity requires deep concentration as it involves both decoding and interpreting a text. It therefore stimulates our brain, and our intellectual and social development.
- Helps us fall asleep: Reading is one of the most efficient ways of calming the mind and getting us to fall asleep. When people read, they disconnect from their routine, from their to-do lists and from other thoughts that can affect sleep. When it becomes a habit, reading a book can serve as a signal to the brain that it is time to fall asleep.