Published By: Nirtika Pandita

All you need to know about the health benefits of reading

Various researches have also proven that reading relaxes the mind and rejuvenates the body.

One of the greatest joys of life is reading a book. For some people, words make the world, and books are the ultimate pleasure. It is the wonder of words describing effortlessly scenarios, unknown lanes, people, and places that can transport one immediately. Various researches have also proven that reading relaxes the mind and rejuvenates the body. Here are some health benefits of reading that have time and again shown positive effects of reading.

Improves brain function

Researchers confirm that trying to read entails a complex network of circuits and sensory information in the nervous system. Such networks become tougher and more advanced as the reading ability matures. Brain studies demonstrated that brain connectivity is enhanced throughout the reading period and for days afterward, especially in the sensory cortex, the area of the brain that responds to making contact.

Aids in the prevention of age-related cognitive decline

Studies indicate that seniors who read and solve maths problems on a daily basis maintain and improve their cognitive functioning. And the quicker one simply starts the better. In fact, a 2013 study conducted by Rush University Medical Centre discovered that individuals who consistently engaged in mentally stimulating activities became less likely to develop the plaques or lesions found in dementia sufferers' brains.

Improves the capacity to empathise

Speaking of being capable of detecting pain, studies have shown that individuals who read literary fiction exploring a character's inner lives — have a greater ability to understand the feelings and beliefs of others. This ability is said by researchers as the "theory of mind," a set of skills needed for creating, navigating, and maintaining social relationships. Whereas a daily dose of reading literary fiction is implausible to evoke this feeling, the experiment reveals that long-term fiction readers possess a more developed theory of mind.

Assists in stress management

Reading can help reduce stress levels, providing much-needed sanctuary from the challenges of daily life. When lost in a good book, according to experts the body begins to relax, and breathing slows down. This further leads to a decrease in heart rate and blood pressure, promoting an overall feeling of well-being. Especially when one is stressed reading a book, contrary to watching a movie, helps the brain to invent the visuals. This for many is also a coping skill that only comes to benefit the human brain.

Starting with even the easiest of books will keep the mind fresh from the nonsense going around.