The first novel ever, ‘The Tale of Genji,’ was written in the 11th century by a Japanese woman named Murasaki Shikibu. Over 1000 years have passed, and people are still hooked on reading great novels and books. Even in the era of viewing stories that disappear after 24 hours, a good number of the population relies on reading books for entertainment.
Is it just for enjoyment and entertainment, or does reading books significantly impact our brain and life?
According to many experts, reading books has more benefits than we can ever imagine, both on physical and mental health, which can cast its impact for a lifetime.
Reading books strengthens your brain.
Many bodies of research have indicated that reading literally changes the composition of your mind. For example, MRI scans of seasoned readers have shown a sophisticated and robust ability to develop brain signals, which has significantly improved by reading over the years. In addition, reading books strengthens the emotional and sensational part of the brain that can help deal with difficult emotions.
Reading books strengthens empathy.
From the above information, it is evident that reading helps people grow strong empathy. Fiction books that explore and talk about characters’ inner life and characteristics have a more significant impact on the brain when compared to biographies. In scientific terms, it is called ‘the theory of mind,’ and it is an essential skill to maintain and strengthen social relationships in people.
Reading books strengthens vocabulary.
‘The rich get richer, and the poor remain poor’ is a phrase not only implied for capital growth but can also be applied to developing vocabulary. Children who develop the practice of reading books from a young age have a more remarkable ability to improve and strengthen their language, which can help them in all areas of life. It also enhances one’s ability to communicate effectively among a large group of people.
Reading books prevents cognitive decline.
The National Institute of Aging recommends everyone in their old age read at least three pages of a book or magazine daily to improve their mental ability and cognitive behavior. It will also help Alzheimer’s patients to remember and recollect events better to help maintain their cognitive function and behavior.
Reading books reduces stress and anxiety.
It is a no-brainer that reading books directly elevates mood and is also an excellent source for people to get away from depression and escape their everyday lives. Many researchers found that reading for at least 30 minutes a day can reduce anxiety, blood pressure, and heart rate to a great extent. The feeling of distress will be diminished, and it works just as humor and yoga do!
Reading books is not just limited to knowledge and entertainment but also provides many scientifically-proven benefits. So, if you wish to explore the benefits it provides, grab a book and find out!