Reading is good for your mental health

A person should harmoniously combine physical perfection and education, knowledge. All sorts of activities give us strength and improve some of the physical and mental characteristics. And it’s great that you don’t have to spend a lot of time and effort for this.

You can add reading to the list of habits that can improve your health and make you happier.

In the modern world, it is less and less common to meet a person with a book in his hands. Many people prefer electronic or audiobooks. And there are those among us who, due to their employment or for other reasons, completely refuse to read in favor of video. Meanwhile, the benefits of reading books are obvious. Scientists claim that reading books can increase life expectancy.

But at the same time, researchers have not been able to identify the exact mechanisms by which reading can increase life expectancy. However, based on previous research, it is suggested that the cause is a close interaction between brain cells, which reduces the risk of neurodegenerative diseases that shorten life expectancy.

Reading reduces stress

Dr. David Lewis says that “it doesn’t really matter which book you read. Carried away by an exciting book, you can get away from the worries and stresses of everyday life and spend some time in the reality of the author’s fantasies. It is more than just a distraction and force you to enter an altered state of consciousness.”

A study from the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom found that reading group stress levels dropped by as much as 68%, more than even groups that listened to music or spent time walking. Study co-author Dr. David Lewis, a neuropsychologist at the Sussex Laboratory of Psychiatry and Mind, and his colleagues found that group members who read for only 6 minutes already had a slower heart rate and decreased muscle tension – whether they were newspapers or books.

Reading teaches you to understand and feel people

Almost any book, one way or another, tells about the emotions and feelings of the characters. The benefit lies in the fact that the reader learns about new experiences and human reactions for himself, learns to evaluate the actions and words of people not only from his own experience, but also from situations encountered in books. It becomes easier to communicate with people with frequent reading – many of their actions, motivations and movements become quite obvious. The person who reads has mental tact and well-developed empathy.

Reading improves your mood

The properties of a useful book perfectly save you from depression, anxiety, resentment and anger. Talented authors masterfully manage the emotions of their readers – if you pick up a benevolent and smart book in a bad mood, then in a couple of hours there will be no trace of irritation.

Reading increases brain activity and develops intelligence

Confirmed by the facts that the benefits of reading books are beneficial effects on intellectual ability:

  • The more you read the more things you learn.
  • The more you learn, the more opportunities open up before you. Observations have shown that reading can increase an individual’s vocabulary and intelligence.

Moreover, the earlier a child acquires reading skills, the more likely they are to be smarter in the future. In the process of reading, the work of the brain is activated. This is a very useful property, since the brain begins to perceive any information faster, regardless of its type. For example, frequent reading of classical literature or human behaviour books at the same time makes it easier for the reader to assimilate teaching materials and technical articles.