I just finished a wonderful Stephen King book and I don't know which one to go on with... Do you have any recommendations for me? The truth is that I love reading (and not only because it increases my vocabulary and escapes me from reality for a while) but it also has many benefits for the mind.
I have always been told about the benefits of reading every day to stimulate writing skills . However, until now I did not know about all the benefits it has for our brain and our lifestyle . You neither? Well keep reading!
Stimulates the mind: according to all the studies carried out so far, reading is not only directly related to intelligence , but also has a lot to do with the non-verbal communication by which a person can express himself or by the use he makes of thought abstract .
Reduces cortisol (stress hormone): did you know that reading can reduce stress by up to 68%? Just dedicate 6 minutes of your day to reading! This is because, thanks to concentration , our heart rate is reduced to such a level that it is much easier to rest better.
Help with insomnia: surely you know of someone who is a great fan of reading at night ... And no wonder! As I have told you before, the cortisol hormone is considerably reduced , so by relaxing the body we can sleep better . Of course, keep in mind that devices with opaque screens (generally) wake up the brain , so it is much more recommended that if you read at night it is through a physical book.
Increases happiness: according to several studies, reading fans tend to find themselves happier and more satisfied .
Improves memory: memory is a fundamental part of our daily lives. For this reason, the fact of not exercising and stimulating it could cause people certain damages in the future, among which neurodegenerative diseases and dementia can be highlighted . (However, keep in mind that the act of reading does not cure these diseases, but it can delay their appearance ).
Develop analytical thinking skills: how good are you at solving math problems ? By reading we develop comprehension , so it will be a good ally to better understand other types of texts .
Increases emotional intelligence: this is because when we read we do it from the point of view of a particular writer who, sometimes, does not have the same point of view as us. For this reason, without needing to realize it, we try to put ourselves in the shoes of that person who is the author of the reading, working on empathy and emotional intelligence on our part.
Improve decision making: Related to the previous benefit, reading also helps make difficult decisions . Through this act we analyze more in depth the environment that surrounds us and the situations that are described through the books , so the cognitive level of our brain also increases . In this way, we manage to put aside ambiguous situations and find quick solutions to problems.
Are you also going to start reading every day at night ? Sounds like a great decision to me. (I am open to exchanging reading recommendations ...)