5 Things You Might Not Know About Reading
I am probably preaching to the choir here – but I think everyone should read a book – even if it is every now and then. As a teacher, I always encourage my students to pick up a book and read (even if they are reluctant readers). I encourage them to find something they like to begin with and then to expand their reading horizons as they develop as a reader. It wasn’t until I did a bit of research did I realise how amazing reading actually is.
So here it is… 5 Things You Might Not Know About Reading:
- It’s Good For Your Brain
Reading is excellent for developing and growing your mind. Because our brains are a muscle, they require training. Reading is one of the most effective ways to grow that muscle. Did you know that reading has even been said to reduce the decline of brain functioning in your later years in life. – So keep your brain energised and focused with reading!
- Makes you smarter
This is sort of linked to the last point, but reading increases your intelligence. Dr Seuss once said, “The more that you read, the more things you’ll know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Reading allows you to travel the world, learn new facts and ideas and develop greater vocabulary without even leaving the comfort of your home. Why wouldn’t you want to read a book!
- Helps you Sleep
Now… there is a little debate about this one… particularly if you are like me with a good book and avoid sleep to see what happens (whoops); however, this one is scientifically proven! Reading before bed lowers stress and helps your body to relax and come down from the day. This is particularly linked to reading a book – rather than on screens, which tends to have the opposite effect. (check out The Great British Bedtime Report for more info on sleep)
- Increases Empathy
There has been many-a-time when I have cried over a good book. Why did I cry, because I had built an emotional attachment to one of the characters… and I know that I am not alone on this one. Reading fiction allows us to build empathy for characters and even sympathise with a character in a way we might not have been able to do elsewhere. Reading allows us to place ourselves in a situation with that character, to often read and feel what they are feeling. This ability to empathise then can affect our real life relationships.
- Builds Concentration
Lastly reading builds concentration. With such busy lives and a busy world we are constantly in a state of multitasking. When we read however, our mind focuses on one thing – reading and comprehending the words in front of us. This allows our brain to focus in and concentrate on that one thing. This practice of concentration can then help with performing other tasks.
So today, if you need an excuse to pick up a book and read… here is 5. Happy Reading 😊