10 Reasons to Cultivate A Reading Habit

By Ashritha Raghavendra

August 16, 2022

Reduces Stress

Reading is a great way to leave your worries behind and get transported into an exciting literary world. Studies indicate that reading a book can relax your muscles and reduce stress by 68%. 

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Improves Concentration

Several studies suggest a strong link between reading and the ability to concentrate. Reading forces us to focus more  since it is more demanding than speech or image processing.

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Refines Vocabulary

It’s simple — the more you read, the more your vocabulary grows! You tend to understand and recall new words better when you’re familiar with the context. Therefore, reading helps you improve your writing and communication skills. 

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Boosts Creativity

Reading inspires ideas. Stories, particularly fictional ones, push you to fantasize and use your imagination. Imagination in turn sparks innovation — thus, helping you think out of the box. 

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Books help us experience realities other than our own. It enables us to gain new perspectives and relate to others by presenting us with thoughts outside of our personal experiences.

Builds Empathy

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Improves Mental Health

Bibliotherapy — the process of using books for therapy — has been adapted by the UK’s National Health Service and has proven to ease symptoms of depression and other mental health issues. 

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Enhances Sleep

You are more likely to wake up well-rested when you read before bed as it relieves your stress and anxiety. Reading books before bed is also a welcome change from looking at screens all day.

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More Reasons To Read!

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” — Stephen King

“Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood.” — John Green

“I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a book.” — J.K. Rowling