Reading is to the mind, what Exercise is to the Body.
If you’re one of the countless people who don’t make a habit of reading regularly, you might be missing out on something that can make you healthy. To be inspired to become an avid reader, we’ve mentioned some brain-boosting and overall benefits of reading.
“Books are the ultimate Dumpees: put them down and they’ll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back.” ― John Green, An Abundance of Katherines
Reading Helps You Succeed
Elon Musk, Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Oprah Winfrey are all voracious readers. And note these words attributed to Mark Cuban.
“Everything I read was public. Anyone could buy the same books and magazines. The same information was available to anyone who wanted it. Turns out, most people didn’t want it.”
In an increasingly digitized and fast-moving society, there are many distractions, and communications are frequently reduced to sound bites. As a result, reading as a habit has taken a beating and if this trend continues, we will not be any wiser or healthier as a people.
Reading is Therapeutic
According to Cristel Russell, a consumer behavior researcher at American University, reading a book is much like listening to a song, or watching a movie, can be a way to relive past experiences and gain a new perspective. If you’re going through a breakup and read a book in which the characters are experiencing something similar, it can give you insight.
Reading Prevents Alzheimer’s
A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that older people who read regularly are two and a half times less likely to have Alzheimer’s. While that doesn’t mean reading alone will prevent Alzheimer’s, it does suggest that there’s a correlation between intellectual pursuits, like reading, and prevention.
Starting at an early age, exposure to books and reading can lead to good things for your brain later in life.