It is no secret that reading books is a good habit and now it has been scientifically proven that book readers have a lot of advantages over those who do not read.
The one obvious reason is that the more you read the more you evolve into a better person. This is regardless of the genre that you might prefer. Even a fiction reader gets inspired by the characters he reads about in a book. A research, for example, has shown that people who read fiction are more empathetic than others. Researchers compared the brains of people after they finished reading to those who did not and it was found that readers had a higher level of brain activity, specifically in the central sulcus of the brain which helps visualize movement.
Reading also improves your social skills and this was proved by a study published in the journal of Science. It was found that people who read literary fiction performed better on social skill tests than those who did not read. Reading is also good for your relationships. Apart from the fact that readers get inspired from the stories they read, reading a book is a great way to start conversations with your partner which paves the way for better communication.
Science has also shown that reading can prevent Alzheimer’s. In 2001, under a study conducted by Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 193 people were questioned about their participation in 26 different hobbies. They found that elderly people who regularly read were two and a half times less likely to have Alzheimer’s.
There is of course the basic benefit of reading which is relaxing and de-stressing. Reading books, magazines or comics is a great way to relax because you get disconnected from reality for a while. Stress levels have dropped by 68% for readers, which is higher than even listening to music or having a cup of tea and coffee.
So, pick up a book now and start reading!