By: Mission Healthy Living
April 23, 2019
In 2015, a National Endowment for the Arts survey found that just 43.1% of adults in the US read literature. With all the distractions and devices available to us, it can be hard to find time to sit down and enjoy a book—or even a short story; but reading offers us several mental benefits.
- Heightened connectivity in the brain, specifically in areas associated with gaining new perspectives and story comprehension. (Brain Connectivity)
- Reduced need for cognitive closure when reading fiction, possibly leading to more creativity. (Creativity Research Journal)
- Increased empathy when reading fiction as you process other points of view. (Trends in Cognitive Sciences)
- Increased vocabulary from reading older books, which almost guarantee you'll learn a new word or phrase.
- Improved writing skills from reading the literary greats. Their unique turns of phrases and rhythms can boost your own writing.
If you think that sitting around and reading will negatively affect your physical health, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by one study that found you might actually live longer by sitting down with a book.
Why not block out some extra time this weekend to check out a short story or start that book that's been sitting on your "to-read" pile for far too long?