Hidden Benefits of Reading

February 21, 2022

The hidden benefits of reading

We all know the benefits of reading, such as less stress, better sleep, and a better vocabulary. However, reading is so powerful that there are many other benefits, some of which you may not realize. As book nerds, we love reading, and we do so for at least 30 minutes every day. We’re going to tell you why you should, too.

Not only does reading decrease feelings of anxiety and depression, but reading can help you live longer! Studies have shown that people who read for at least 30 minutes a day live two years longer than people who don’t. On top of a longer life, reading has also been proven to help you live a happier life. In fact, people who read for at least half an hour every day are 20% more likely to report a more joyful life than those who do not read. 

Those who read daily also have a better memory. The more your brain stays active, the slower your cognitive decline becomes as you age. Simply put, the more you read, the better your brain and memories work. Think about it - every time you read a book, you remember the characters, plots, and details you’re reading. If you weren’t reading, you wouldn’t be exercising your brain in that way. Your attention span ties into this as well. The more you work your brain, the better your attention span is; the less you read, the shorter your attention span will become. 

We all know the saying by Joseph Addison, “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” This could not be more true. The more you read, the more stimulated your brain is. If your brain isn’t stimulated throughout the day, you’ll find it harder to “turn off” at night. When you exercise daily, your body becomes tired, and you fall asleep faster and sleep better through the night. Similarly, the more you work your brain throughout the day, the easier it will be to turn it off when it’s time to go to sleep or simply relax.  

For these reasons and many others, reading is the best hobby. Not only do you get to experience new worlds, plots, and places, but you also help your mind and body every time you read; that’s what we call a win-win. When you sign up for our BookCase subscription service, we’ll send two books to your door each month. This will help you improve your mind, body, and life. Happy reading!