11 October 2014

16 Reasons Why Reading is Great, According to Science

How do you do on this fine day, dear reader of mine?

I'm doing well, myself. Today is my sixteenth birthday, and in honour of this, allow me to launch into a list of sixteen scientifically-proven benefits of reading. (In other words, sixteen reasons why you shouldn't be ashamed to be a self-proclaimed book nerd.)

Sixteen Scientific Reasons to Read

1. Readers are more likely to develop positive characteristics such as open-mindedness, flexibility, resilience, and compassion.

2. The act of reading on a regular basis may reduce risks of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Read while you're young and able to, so that you will still be able to when you're older!

3. The more you read, the more improved your concentration and vocabulary will become.

4. Reading makes you more intelligent. Obviously.

Did we even need to conduct a study to prove this?
Image via Awesomely Luvvie.

5. If you're stressful, then reading is the thing to do. (Just because.)

6. Your memory and your problem-solving skills will become better over time. Admit it: these skills are pretty nifty to have, so you might as well get them in shape!

7. Reading improves your overall cognitive ability, especially because books force you to think and process information. However, as the author of the aforementioned article writes, "Reading should be a joy, not an obligation." Keep that in mind.

8. Losing yourself in a book can alleviate symptoms of depression or insomnia. Hey, it's worth a shot.

9. Increases in motivation, creativity, and self-esteem are all resultant from reading.

10. In fact, your mind is often so stimulated during reading that its chemistry can change. Is that cool, or what?

11. Make your world a little happier by reading. Not long ago, a study concluded that readers of the Harry Potter books are more likely to be tolerant of other people and especially of minority demographics.

12. Reading to kids is one of the most beneficial things that can be done for them. Because young children's brains are developing so rapidly and so much, reading to them (or reading with them) increases their literary abilities, and assists them in learning how to read on their own.

13. Also, reading aloud to very young children can help them learn how to speak. You may find it useful to read words slowly, to enunciate, and to point to each word as you say it. This helps kids to associate specific sounds to certain letters, and who knows -- they might start talking and reading around the same age.

14. Books can contribute to improvements in your social life, too. If you haven't had many successes recently, or if you're not as great of a conversationalist as you would like to be -- try some reading first.

15. Reading helps your writing skills. This is a useful detail for authors, playwrights, lyricists, for adolescents who are assigned essays for school, and for bloggers like you and me.

16. It's a pretty good workout. A low-maintenance exercise regimen? For your mind? Count me in! (Your brain does a lot for you -- the least you can do is keep it healthy.)

There you have it! Read now, and reap the benefits later.

P. S.: Good news, readers! My father has promised to take me to purchase a camera of my own sometime in the near future, as his birthday gift to me. This means that, very soon, I will be able to take photographs for this blog that are of a higher quality than are the pictures that my mobile phone and laptop webcam can capture.

I'll keep you posted! Until then, keep reading.

- Kira x

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