Today, many young people, unfortunately, consider reading books to be the hobby of introverted, weak and antisocial people. However, they are greatly mistaken, because by not reading, they deprive themselves not only of the pleasures that every book can provide, but also of various positive effects of reading. Science has substantiated with strong facts the claims that reading books brings many benefits, especially when it comes to the emotional and intellectual capacities of the brain. So let’s go in order.

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1. Anyone who reads books regularly learns something new every day

You can lose your job, property, money, even your physical health, but no one can take away your knowledge. Reading books not only helps us maintain the existing level of knowledge, but also expands it. By reading, we are constantly supplying our brains with new information, and we never know when we will need it in life. The more knowledge we have, the more ready we are to respond to the various challenges we face in life.

2. By reading we expand the vocabulary

The more books you read, the more new words will be found in your everyday vocabulary. Wider vocabulary and the ability to speak nicely boosts your self-confidence. In addition, well-defined speech and correct pronunciation of words can be of great help in any profession. Well-read people, good speakers who can talk about various topics, are highly valued in the business world and advance quickly in their careers.

3. Reading makes you a better person

In a 2013 study by Emory University, the brain work of two groups of people was compared. Some read a book before the experiment, while people from the other group did not. By brain scans, experts found that reading books aroused feelings of concern and empathy toward others, which did not happen to respondents who did not read. In addition, a team of New York psychologists came to the conclusion that reading literary fantasies awakens the ability to detect and understand other people’s emotions.

4. Reading is contagious

Parents who want to encourage their children to love reading can do so by reading aloud at home every day. It has been scientifically proven that school-age children whose parents read books aloud will be more likely to develop a propensity to read. So, dear parents, read goodnight stories to your little ones, it is the best way for them to love books too.

5. For a sharper mind

Not only do we become smarter by reading, but our mind becomes sharper and clearer. An American neurological study proved that reading books is important in the life of every person, from his childhood to his late years. People who read regularly throughout their lives have more developed mental abilities and better memory at all stages of life.

6. Reading improves memory

As we read the book we meet a multitude of new characters, their personality, ambitions, in fact their whole world. All this information is collected and stored by the brain. Any new knowledge that the brain stores in its memory stimulates the development of new and strengthens existing brain synapses, which directly affects the strengthening of our memory, especially short-term memory.

7. Reading strengthens concentration

In the modern world, over a five-minute period, the average person will share their attention on business tasks, reading incoming emails, talking to friends and business associates via chat and skype, checking their cell phone… All this has a significant reduction our productivity.

As we read an interesting book, we focus exclusively on the story, while everything around us seems to be non-existent. It is enough to read 15-20 minutes before you start your work tasks and on the first day you will be completely surprised how much better your concentration is.

8. Reading as a prevention of Alzheimer’s disease

A recent comprehensive study by American scientists unequivocally showed that older people who occupy the brain with activities such as chess, solving puzzles or reading books are two and a half times less likely to develop Alzheimer’s than people who spend their time on less stimulating activities. While this does not mean that reading will surely prevent the onset of the disease, it has been found that there is a strong link between reading books and Alzheimer’s prevention.

9. Books alleviate the symptoms of depression

As many as 76% of participants in a study in the UK said that reading improves their quality of life and helps them feel good. Those who read regularly are more satisfied with their lives, are happier and have more self-esteem. Reading can make it easier for us to accept reality. It encourages us to explore the unknown and develop ideas that can lead to positive changes in life.

10. Reading relaxes and reduces stress levels

A good novel or an interesting expert book is a great way to relax and relieve stress. No matter how many problems you have at work, in personal relationships or in any other area of everyday life, you forget about everything when you immerse yourself in reading a good literary story. According to a 2009 scientific study, just 6 minutes of reading interesting reading reduces stress levels by an incredible 68%.

11. Reading develops analytical thinking

Have you ever read a thriller novel and managed to solve the mystery on your own before finishing the book? This is possible only if you have taken into account all the facts and circumstances from the book and made a detailed analysis. If so, then you have managed to increase your analytical skills by reading, which will surely be useful in your further career development. Whether you are a lawyer, a trader, a doctor… every job is done better with good analysis.

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