Reading might seem like simple fun, it can be helping your body and mind without you even realising what is happening.

Reading can be a great benefit to you in many different ways—such as sharpening your mind, imagination, and writing skills. With so many advantages of reading, it should be an everyday occurrence to read at least a little something.

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Side benefits from reading

Reading can make you more empathetic. Getting lost in a good read can make it easier for you to relate to others. Literary fiction, specifically, has the power to help its readers understand what others are thinking by reading other people’s emotions. The impact is much more significant on those who read literary fiction as opposed to those who read nonfiction. “Understanding others’ mental states is a crucial skill that enables the complex social relationships that characterize human societies.

Reading before bed can help you sleep. Creating a bedtime ritual, like reading before bed, signals to your body that it’s time to wind down and go to sleep. Reading a real book helps you relax more than zoning out in front of a screen before bed. Screens like e-readers and tablets can actually keep you awake longer and even hurt your sleep. That applies to kids too: Fifty-four percent of children sleep near a small screen, and clock 20 fewer minutes of shut-eye on average because of it. So reach for the literal page-turners before switching off the light.

It makes you open-minded and creative.

According to conducted research, participants in an experiment who read short-story fiction books experienced less need for cognitive closure as compared to people who read notification essays. The reading of notification essays allows readers to learn the subject matter but it may not help them in thinking about it. People who read books become more open-minded and their creative side tends to improve.

Why should read books?

Surprising health benefits of reading a good book

Always have a book on the go? Pat yourself on the back, because you’re already contributing to better emotional and mental health—from increasing memory and empathy to improving your sleep

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The advantages of printed books over digital media

Bookworms can see some serious perks to their health and happiness. Want to really reap the benefits of reading? Reach for an old-fashioned, printed book.

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Tip for easy reading

When it comes to actually remembering what you’re reading, you’re better off going with a book than you are an e-book. The feel of paper pages under your fingertips provides your brain with some context, which can lead to a deeper understanding and better comprehension of the subject you’re reading about. So to reap the benefits of a good read, opt for the kind with physical pages.