76% of people who read on a regular basis say that reading improves their lives. According to ‘The Reading Divide’, a recent report published by The Booktrust, the country is divided into two nations, those who read weekly or daily, and those who prefer TV and DVDs. So here’s 10 good reasons why you shoud read – and why not borrow books free from your library?
Being a reader means you’re more likely to learn something new every day. Anne E. Cunningham, a professor from the University of Berkeley,wrote a research paper about reading helping you to retain knowledge and helping you to remember that knowledge later on in life. Reading feeds your brain with new information which is going to come in handy at some point.
People who read are more likely to vote, exercise, and be more cultural. To Read or Not to Read, a study by the National Endowment for the arts concludes that readers are more engaged in positive civic and individual activities – such as volunteering, attending sports or cultural events, and exercising throughout life.
Reading can be therapeutic. According to Cristel Russell, a behavioural researcher, reading can help with any stress or turmoil occurring in your life. If you’re going through a break-up, or simply just need to relax, try a new book.
Reading makes you seem sexier. A study found that reading makes you seem more intelligent, which is looked upon favourably. So, the more you read, the more appealing you will become! Read more
Reading enhances your memory. Every time you read something new, your brain ‘makes room’ to fit it in. With these new spaces, you can take advantage of any new information that may arise.
Reading can help prevent Alzheimer’s. A recent study found that people who read are two and a half times less likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Syndrome later on in life. Although this does not mean that reading will prevent the disease, it proves a slight relationship between reading and prevention.
Reading helps to boost your analytical thinking. Reading helps you to recognize various patterns that occur in writing. If you are looking for a law or medicine career, this is important!
Reading expands your vocabulary, so you’ll sound like a genius. The more you read, the more words you will come across. The more often you read these words, the more likely you are to understand them, and use them in your own writing and speaking.
Fiction books increase your ability to empathize with others. A study done by the University of Buffalo concluded that access to possible realities and fictional story lines opens you up to new emotions and feelings. It also helps you to empathize with people, by understanding different cultures.
People who read are more likely to get ahead when it comes to their careers, and life in general. Honor Wilson-Fletcher, who has managed the National Year of Reading, said that reading “opens doors and makes life easier, so at the end of the day it doesn’t matter what you read. What’s more, it really can make you feel good!” How true. Read if you want to live a successful life.