“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss
Some of us already have a well-established reading habit (kudos if that’s you!). Others wish we read more often but lack motivation to pick up that dusty paperback on our nightstand. If you’re looking for more reasons to read (or more excuses to keep reading), we’ve got you covered! Here are five benefits of reading that will make you want to tackle your to-read list.
1. Relieves stress.
Even if this was the only reason to read, it would be enough for most of us to make it a habit! Reading is a healthy distraction from daily stress because it invites you to focus on something other than your worries or to-do lists. It can also improve sleep quality by helping you relax (it’s probably best to save the page-turning thrillers for daytime reading!). Because reading helps your brain recharge, it can give you renewed energy and a fresh perspective to face today’s tasks and tomorrow’s challenges.
2. Promotes lifelong learning.
One of the best benefits of reading is the opportunity to continue your education without tuition costs or homework assignments. From classic novels to self-help and how-to books, you can learn about any subject you’re interested in at your own pace. Plus, reading is literally a workout for your mind, supporting healthy brain function and critical thinking skills.
3. Builds empathy.
Whether fiction, memoir, or biography, reading books can help build empathy for others by walking in someone else’s shoes. It broadens your perspective to see the experiences and viewpoints of those you may not otherwise meet (or even agree with). Like stress management and lifelong learning, increased empathy can have a far-reaching and positive impact in your life.
4. Nurtures imagination.
Few things rival the power of reading to inspire and foster creativity. Books offer behind-the-scenes insights into the authors’ imaginations, opening you to new ideas and possibilities. Plus, reading increases vocabulary and improves writing skills, giving you the tools to express your own imagination!
5. It’s fun!
While the previous benefits of reading are reasons why you should develop this healthy habit, the fact that reading is fun is the primary reason you should want to read! Reading transports you to long-gone eras and places you’ve never been. It introduces you to people you’ll never meet and ideas you may not otherwise have considered. And it gives you the opportunity to pursue adventures you’ve only ever dreamed of, expanding your world with each title checked off your reading list.
These are just five of the many benefits of reading, but you’ll discover even more as you continue your reading journey. Along the way, you’ll probably find that reading is more than a good habit; it’s a way of life. Your world is only as limited as your reading list, so pick up a book today and buckle up for the ride!
What is one of your favorite benefits of reading? Or, how has reading impacted your life? Share it with us in the comments below!