Reading Improves Your Mental Health
From improving your mental health to increased wisdom there are countless benefits to reading. So do yourself a favour, grab a book and keep reading. Here’s what it can do for you:
• Reading can reduce feelings of loneliness, boredom, depression, anxiety and can help prevent dementia.
• Storytelling can improve mental flexibility, feelings of connectedness and fellowship. Literary fiction, in particular, helps increase your empathy for others, and gain a deeper understanding of other cultures.
• Reading is an excellent fuel for creativity as it stimulates the imagination, introduces new and ambiguous thoughts, increases our exposure to new ideas and concepts.
• Reading increases knowledge and wisdom and can improve your social and conversational skills.
• It improves your heart rate, promotes a sense of calm you down and reading a physical copy of a book before bedtime can improve the quality of your sleep.
• A mental health intervention called Bibliotherapy or Reading Therapy entails structured book-reading programs run by clinics, libraries, and educational institutions to promote recovery in people with mental health difficulties. Self-initiated book reading can also be pursued by individuals to improve their mental health.
• Reading is akin to having your own Time Machine – you can go back in time or leap into the future, or you can travel to the most fascinating, inaccessible places in the universe.
Go on…a book is waiting for you!