How Reading Good Books Benefits You

How Reading Good Books Benefits You

Post by Richard Nguyễn

1. It reduces stress. A 2009 study by Sussex University Researchers showed that reading can reduce stress by up to 68 percent.

 

2. It helps you sleep better. Reading a book just before bed relaxes you. A screen, on the other hand, punishes your eyes and hurts your sleep.

 

3. It increases your intelligence. Nobel laureate and psychologist Daniel Kahneman describes intelligence as “not only the ability to reason; it is also the ability to find relevant material in memory and to deploy attention when needed.” And recent scientific studies confirm that reading and intelligence have a relationship so close it’s symbiotic. Reading makes you a sharper ‘connect-the-dots’ kind of person.

 

4. It increases empathy. Research proves that reading literary fiction (not pop fiction) supports and teaches human beings values about social behavior, including the importance of understanding those who are different from us.

 

Reading turns you into an interesting set of paradoxes. The more you read, the more you discover how ignorant you are, and the wiser you become. You become discerning yet passionate. You take off your rose-tinted glasses and instead, wear clear lenses through which you can see exactly how the world functions, and why.

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