Reading is an astonishing hobby and can bestow you with many benefits. But what if the perks are scientifically proven? Surprised! Well yes, reading is really beneficial for us and it has been scientifically proven now. Keep reading this article to know how and why.
Reading is not an Activity, it is a Lifestyle!
Healthy Food & Good Workout Keeps You Fit & Contented, So Does Your Reading Habit!
Well, people often read such lines but hardly incorporate them into their lives.
Take a moment from your busy life and think about when was the last time you spent time reading a book or an online blog? Ok, so you don’t remember. Fine! Well, not actually fine!
People have some misconceptions about reading; they think that reading habit includes reading tweets, Facebook updates or Instagram captions! Really? Are you serious? Well if you think that way, then you must give up on your such reading habits.
If you’re a non-reader, then you might miss out some great benefits of reading. Reading help us to see the worlds we would never see otherwise. It is a perfect blend of emotions, knowledge and transformation. It provides an array of health benefits. Find out here some scientifically proven reasons why you should be reading more.
If you are looking for a way to improve your memory, then reading will help you. Even the scientists have proved it. According to Ken Pugh, President and Director of Research at Yale's Haskins Laboratories, reading can be the best way to sharpen your memory. According to the research, reading is even more powerful than watching a movie or listening to music. It will help you strengthen your brain power.
In addition, reading can help prevent Alzheimer's disease (a progressive disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions) according to a study at the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. So, if you want to enhance your memory and want to protect yourself from Alzheimer’s disease, then read well.
Whether you read a book, newspaper or online blog and article, it will help you reduce your stress levels. In 2009, the scientists at the University of Sussex in the UK evaluated the activities that can actually help you reduce the stress levels. The operation was executed by measuring the heart rate and muscle tension while performing different activities.
What the scientists discovered was just surprising. Reading a book or newspaper for just six minutes lowered people's stress levels by 68 percent. While on the other hand, going for a walk reduced stress level by 42 percent, drinking a cup of tea or coffee reduced stress level by 54 percent, and listening to music reduced by 61 percent. So, you can easily determine which is the best.
A new study says about reading that it may add years to your life. Researchers from the Yale University figured that out in a really insightful research. They discovered that the people who read books daily for at least 30 minutes may live longer than the people who read magazines or newspapers. In simple words, we can say that reading a book is a powerful activity that can expand your lifespan.
Imagination is such a big word that it is even deeper than the ocean. But only some have the immense power of deep imagination. Yes, in general, people are limited by what they can imagine but reading will give you an opportunity to expand your creativity and imagination. According to the research, people who read regularly have good imagination power as compared to the non-readers.
Remember, the content you read is a perfect blend of people’s views, the reality and thoughts that will help you broaden your imagination power. Neither television nor radio can give you the kind of imagination that reading activity can.
Once Maja Djikic, a psychologist at the University of Toronto conducted a study in which 100 people were asked to read a story. Some of them were asked to read a fictional story, while some of them were asked to read a nonfiction essay. The participants quickly completed the examination and eagerly waited for their cognitive closure. After executing the whole process, the fiction readers appeared more flexible and creative than the nonfiction essay readers which is quite surprising.
It was in 1990 when Keith Stanovich (Professor of Applied Psychology and Human Development, University of Toronto) and his team organized some reading studies to determine the level of cognitive skills, vocabulary and factual knowledge. In order to evaluate some important aspects, they used the Author Recognition Test (ART), which is a strong predictor of reading skills. According to Donald Bolger, the Human Development professor at the University of Maryland, reading predicts and contributes to so many skills. And the more you read, the more words you learn and it reflects on your language skills.
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