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Reading and a Healthy Life

Your brain is like a mus­cle. It needs to be reg­u­larly exer­cised to main­tain its top capa­bil­i­ties. Keep­ing your brain healthy is a key to hav­ing a healthy life. There are a num­ber of ways to give your brain a work­out: cross­words, jig­saw puz­zles, etc. Read­ing is another great way buff up your brain and improve your life. Here are just a few ways you can make your life bet­ter by reading.

  • Read­ing relieves stress. Stud­ies have con­cluded that the minute one begins read­ing, stress lev­els can drop by as much 68%.
  • Read­ing may help you sleep bet­ter. Reading’s a great part of a nightly pre-bed de-stressing rou­tine. Print books are bet­ter for this than screen, like lap­tops or e-readers, because bright lights stim­u­late your brain and sig­nal to it that you should be wak­ing up.
  • Read­ing is a form of visual exer­cise. The visual stim­u­la­tion involved in read­ing works out your brain’s occip­i­tal lobe. This helps your imag­i­na­tion, improves cre­ativ­ity, and aids in mak­ing deci­sions. Read­ing also exer­cises the pari­etal lobe, improv­ing writ­ing skills and read­ing comprehension.
  • Read­ing sharp­ens your ana­lyt­i­cal skills. Read­ing helps you to rec­og­nize pat­terns and improve your abil­ity to ana­lyze information.
  • Read­ing can help ease depres­sion. Read­ing self-help books, in con­cert with instruc­tional sup­port ses­sions, has been linked to lower lev­els of depres­sion com­pared to patients who receive typ­i­cal treatments.
  • Read­ing may help fight Alzheimer’s. While it’s more of an asso­ci­a­tion than a cause and effect rela­tion­ship, there is evi­dence that elderly folks who read­ing are less likely to suf­fer from Alzheimer’s.
  • Read­ing makes you sex­ier. We’re all attrac­tive to peo­ple we per­ceive to be intel­li­gent. So if you want to look hot­ter, just keep your nose in a book!

 

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