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Everyone knows that reading is important, but have you ever asked yourself why that is so? In this post, I will list out 8 reasons why reading is important. I hope you can really find out the reason why reading is so important for you, so you can get a brand new desire to explore the world of reading.

Tools of Communicating – You’ve heard it before – Communication is key! With social media being the main form of communication for a lot of this current generation it isn’t a wonder that true communication is just non-existent. Reading is a great way to increase or polish up on your communication skills. The reading experience should teach you new words and reinforce proper sentence structure. As you communicate through reading, you understand more, and thus you can communicate better with people. Through reading, you build a more solid foundation for communication.

Relieves Stress – Reading is great for your mental health. Studies show that half an hour of dedicated reading is better for your stress levels than several other more traditional methods of relaxation, like having a cup of tea or listening to music. It reduced stress levels by up to 68 percent. This is due to partially escapism and partially physical focus: complete immersion in a book means the body is less focussed on its own tense muscles, and relaxes.

Exercises the Brain – Just like muscles, the brain benefits from a good workout. Reading is more neurobiologically demanding than processing images or speech. Parts of the brain that have evolved for other functions—such as vision, language, and associative learning—connect in a specific neural circuit for reading, which is very challenging, Your intelligence is called to action and you have to involve yourself with greater concentration. When you read, you have more time to think. Reading gives you a unique pause button from the craziness of the world around us.

I want to challenge you to pick up a book, especially if you are stressed and looking for a non-time consuming habit that is cost effective. Exercise your brain at least once a day and you will notice a significant difference in your life!

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