Benefits of Reading Printed Books

In our tech-crazed world today, we are constantly swarmed with the latest technology all around us. For mobile phones and computers, the newest models stock electronic stores. However, research suggests reading on a screen can decrease reading rate by up to thirty percent. Fortunately, printed books are still commonly found in bookstores, libraries and  enjoy reading bookA lady enjoy reading book in a park

Bookworms enjoy a host of benefits to both their health and well-being. Experience these benefits by grabbing a printed book and immerse yourself in the world of the text.



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1. It increases knowledge and intelligence

Delving into books opens up the reader to worlds of knowledge. A research paper from the University of California Berkeley Children’s books contain 50 percent more words than primetime TV, or an average conversation between college graduates.

2. Improve brain power

Reading is to the brain what exercise is to the body. While going for a workout maintains physical health, reading maintains the brain function. Engaging with narratives and details of the book stimulates cognitive faculties, and sharpens the mind. Moreover, constant reading strengthens concentration, thus heightening one’s focus when immersed in an important activity.  For seniors, a decline in memory often accompanies age. According to research published in Neurology, habitual reading slows this process, keeping minds in tip-top condition well into your golden year. The Huffington Post reports that frequent brain exercise lowers mental decline by 32%.

3. Develops Empathy

Fiction transports the reader into the perspective of characters therein. According to Science, fiction allows readers to enter into emotions and thought worlds of characters. David Kidd and Emanuele Castano write that “understanding others’ mental states is a crucial [interpersonal] skill that enables complex social relationships that characterize human societies.”

4. Better memory of read contents

Here is a noteworthy fact about reading printed material.  The feel of5. Fights Alzheimer’s disease paper under your fingertips provides your brain with some physical context which leads to greater comprehension of the subject matter.

5. Great authors and great books transform your life

Great authors and great books touch and transform lives. Examples of such great writers are   Nancy DeMoss and Joseph Prince. Great books teach us great values, inspire hope and impart life lessons so that can live more meaningful and enriched lives.

6. Helps relax

Research suggests that reading is a great stress-buster. Snuggling up with a good book for some night reading after a long day is an attractive option. A 2009 study by Sussex University researchers showed that reading may reduce stress by as much as 68 percent. Cognitive neuropsychologist David Lewis told The Telegraph that “it really doesn’t matter what book you read, by losing yourself in a thoroughly engrossing book you can escape from the worries and stresses of the everyday world and spend a while exploring the domain of the author’s imagination.” Reading relieves your mind of the anxiety and pressures of the day, as the world of the text transports your immediate focus away from the grind of your everyday life.

7. Good bedtime ritual

A bedtime ritual like reading just before sleeping signals to your body that it is time to wind down and prepare to sleep. Screens from smartphones and computers actually keep us awake even longer, making it harder to sleep. Research publish in Pediatrics indicate that fifty-four percent of children sleep near a small screen, and have 20 fewer minutes for sleep arising from using electronic devices. So reach for your printed book instead right before sleeping.

8. To cultivate a good reading habit

There are many benefits of lifelong reading, and this habit can be inculcated from a young age. The 5th edition of Kids & Family Reading Report points out that seventy five percent of parents wish their children would read more for fun. In other words, parents who encourage their children to be bookworms can achieve this by reading out loud at home, not only in their preschool years but also in elementary school. The same report notes that reading aloud to children in elementary school years may inspire them to be habitual readers in future.

When young children have just acquired basic literacy skills, exposing them to books develops grammatical skills starting from a very young age. Robust reading skills may mean higher intelligence later in life.

9. Improve Vocabulary and Communication Skills

Reading exposes the reader to words which he may have never come across before, and hence is a good way to learn new vocabulary. Of course, the discipline to check the dictionary is needed to uncover definitions. Your vocabulary will increase when you integrate these new words into your existing vocabulary. With greater vocabulary, you are able to comprehend deeper and more abstract concepts , improving your competence language use and comprehension. This can improve reading test scores and general intelligence tests.

10. Improve mental health and fight Alzheimer

Reading especially self-help books can stave off depression and dysthymia, as it stimulates the part of the brain that deals with depression as well. This genre of books is replete with information about how to improve oneself and reach for happier states. Not only self-help books, but novels and non-fiction books can also alleviate depression. These books divert attention away from your current mood and gives you something else to consider.

Reading is like exercising for the brain. Older folk who engage their brains in mentally stimulating activities such as reading, chess or puzzles could be 2.5 times less likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease compared to those who engage in less mentally stimulating activities. One reason is that inactivity increases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s, whereas a brain occupied with mentally stimulating activities keeps Alzheimer’s at bay.

Reading is amazing, it is both entertaining and beneficial to our health. It can increase knowledge and skills, improve memory to relief stress. Reading is hugely beneficial in all aspects of our lives. Reading is a great way to improve ourselves in all aspects. They are like tools to a healthy lifestyle.

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