Reading is one of the oldest ways of human communication. Before the written word people had to rely on good memory and good story telling to communicate ideas and experiences. Today, people read for a variety of reasons including to learn new things and ideas that may interest them. What ever the reason, reading on a daily basis is a good thing, and now there are studies that can help prove it.
It has been found that reading fiction can help you be more open minded. Fiction makes you see the world from different perspectives which can lead to a better understanding of different ways of thinking.
Reading keeps you brain active. The brain needs exercise too and if you don’t use it, it can become less functional and less able to fight off the effects of aging. Studies have shown that the activity of reading can act as a buffer against cognitive decline.
Some gathered data from a health writer have shown that the things you read using an electronic device can be harder to remember than those you read in a paper book. The brain is a mysterious thing and it is believed that this happens because your brain makes unconscious associations where words are on the paper and how far into the book you are according to how many pages are in your right or left hand. All this helps you remember the material that you’ve been reading. Electronic media doesn’t have the same physical attributes as paper books.
Maybe one of the best arguments in favor of reading more books is the fact that it’s a habit held by many successful people. In fact, it’s hard to find any list of habits of successful people that doesn’t include reading books.
Reading every day is a great habit to get into. Not many habits can take you to the places and give you the experiences that reading can, and now there are even more reasons to do it.