How does the habit of reading benefit us?

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body”. Joseph Addison, English writer and politician.

It has long been known that reading has great mental benefits for human beings, but what you probably didn’t know is that cultivating this wonderful habit can even help our physical health. Amazing, isn’t it? Also, it has an excellent ability to benefit everyone, regardless of their age or condition. Obviously, each age group has its own favorite reading themes, but the positive results are the same for everyone.

Now I’ll explain how reading can be useful for you.

Through reading we become wiser and this is something that everyone can benefit from: Reading develops mental acuity, the ability to concentrate, our attention span, intelligence and it provides us with a wealth of information that we can apply to any aspect of our lives. If we are not sure what to do in a certain situation, what better way to inform ourselves than by reading a book written by one or several experts?

It has been found that people who read a lot have less risk of suffering from Alzheimer’s disease: Reading stimulates brain activity, strengthens neural connections and increases the brain’s cognitive reserve, which are important factors in the prevention of Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. Also, for patients who already suffer from these diseases, reading helps to slow the progression of their condition.

We can live endless experiences through reading: There is really no limit to the countries you can mentally visit through books (you can visit them all!), nor a limit on the stories you can experience by reading fiction. All of this makes us feel new emotions, be more empathetic, sensitive, open to new ideas and methods and be more useful to our families and society.

Reading is a good remedy for loneliness: Sometimes the best companion is a book, especially in those moments of loneliness that we all experience. We can identify with their characters and feel like they are a friend or someone who is very important to us. A book speaks to you, educates you, offers you unconditional company and gives you many lessons that you can use in each facet of your life.

So, I recommend that starting today, you commit to reading more and that you instill this wonderful habit in your family!

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