When was the last time you read something substantial, such as a book or a long form magazine article? Or are your reading habits centered more around social media status updates and short form news briefs? If you’re one of the countless people who don’t read regularly, you may be missing out. In this article, we cover 10 incredible benefits you can reap solely by reading frequently.

1. Reading reduces stress

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When we read, we are still. We get comfortable. Most people sit while reading. Our bodies do not carry any special movements, they rest. The breathing slows down. We calm down. We imagine ourselves the worlds or situations described by words in the book. While reading our mind is freed from the immediate tasks or worries, thus reducing our stress.


2. Reading helps us build a better vocabulary

It has been proven that book readers have a richer vocabulary, so it is easier for them to find the best expression for all that they want to tell others. In general, the more you read, the richer your vocabulary gets. The more your vocabulary improves, the better you can express your own thoughts and capture the admiration of others.


3. Reading improves writing skills

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This goes hand-in-hand with improved vocabulary. People who read a lot, especially well-written material, absorb different writing styles and are able to emulate a good writing style because they are subconsciously influenced by it. The more you read and the better quality writing you read, the more it will improve your own writing ability.


4. Reading stimulates imagination and new ideas

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When we read about unknown places, our mind itself creates the imaginative images in our heads. Hence, reading strengthens the imagination and creativity of our minds. Moreover, reading encourages us to think and gives us new perspectives that we may not even have thought of itself! Through reading, we get new ideas and inspiration, so that we ourselves may try something new or different, inspired the things we read.


5. Reading improves focus and concentration

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While reading, we concentrate on the thoughts of the story or whatever is the content of the book. We usually read longer than we do other tasks. Unlike other activities, we do not run parallel thoughts or “other movies” in our heads while reading. The longer we read, the more concentrated we are. Learning requires concentration, and for this reason, reading books for fun and relaxation is an investment in one’s ability to concentrate and it’s consequently, a basis for successful learning.


6. Reading improves your memory

While reading, we usually have more time to think about the things we just read. Reading books offers us the opportunity to stop and take the moment to rethink or reflect on the content we just read. In order to follow a plot you have to remember quite a lot and that is good practice for your brain. After all, you won’t comprehend what you’re reading if you don’t remember certain details as you read. So reading, keeps the brain’s memorizing ability in practice.


7. Reading makes you smarter


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Books are a real treasure trove of data and new knowledge, and are much cheaper than courses and education. We become more intelligent by reading books, more interesting and appealing. By reading you will become better in communication, you will improve your knowledge on various topics as well as rhetorical skills.


8. Reading makes us more empathetic

Reading about the life and times of people who live or lived in different circumstances from you, can make it easier for you to understand and relate to those who are different from you. Books are there to open the world up for us; to take us out of our own environment and show us the realities of others out there. Some books have the power to change your mind and outlook completely.


9. Reading boosts sleep

Most avid readers can attest to this. There is nothing quite like falling asleep with a book in your hands. Reading is like a sleeping pill, it is relaxing and sleep-inducing, especially if you’re tired and stressed out. Reading doesn’t only help you to fall asleep, it also improves your overall sleep quality. Since it’s relaxing and helps you to de-stress, reading can lead you into a deep and restful sleep.


10. Reading provides inner tranquility

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In addition to reducing your overall stress levels, it’s possible that the subject you’re reading about brings you an immense amount of inner peace and tranquility. Reading spiritual texts, for example, has been demonstrated to lower blood pressure. Self-help books can assist people in dealing with mood disorders. Whatever inner state you’re seeking to attain, there’s likely a book that will help get you there.