8. Reading boosts happiness
There are several health benefits of reading, but the greatest one of them is increased happiness and satisfaction in life. A recent survey of 1,500 readers across the UK found that over 76% respondents claimed reading makes them feel good and improves their life. The scientific analysis also found that people who read books on a daily basis are happier and more satisfied with life.
Sue Wilkinson, CEO of a UK charity The Reading Agency, explains that regular book readers “are on average more satisfied with life, happier, and more likely to feel that the things they do in life are worthwhile.”
Apart from these, there are some other benefits of reading that you can reap once you start enjoying the pages of your favorite book:
- Reading helps to improve your general knowledge
- Reading helps to enhance your vocabulary
- Reading improves your writing skills
- Reading enhances your creative thinking skills
- Reading increases your focus & concentration
- Reading enhances your memory
- Reading improves your analytical thinking abilities
- Reading helps you become more social & better at conversations
- Reading entertains you and prevents boredom
Reading is important
In today’s tech-driven era, reading has become an underrated activity. However, perhaps this is why it has become crucial that we make reading a habit now more than ever. “We are living in a society with an increasing availability of information… At the same time, the average length of our attention spans is decreasing. Reading is an activity you can engage in to buck this trend. You’ll improve your concentration spans and learn how to be more discerning in the face of so much information,” explains author and entrepreneur Justin Brown.
Reading helps to activate our mind and offers us an escape from the daily grind. This helps to refresh our mind and gain a new perspective on life. Rebecca Joy Stanborough, MFA, concludes “It’s never too late to begin taking advantage of the many physical and psychological benefits waiting for you in the pages of a good book.”
Now that you know about the benefits of reading, it’s time you pick up your favorite book, sit down and enjoy a good read. You will do yourself a favor.
Here is an insightful video on reading that you may find intriguing: