There is nothing quite like the feeling of losing yourself in a story. However, some people are bigger bookworms than others. Regardless of whether or not your routine includes quiet time with a book, here are some research-backed reasons why reading is more beneficial than you think:
- Bolstering your brain—Reading helps improve and maintain a substantial amount of cognitive skills, from a stronger vocabulary to a decreased likelihood of cognitive decline.
- Keeping connected—Many can attest to the feeling of connecting to fictional characters and the worlds they live in. Research shows that reading does just that, promoting a sense of belonging and human connection, as well as improving a variety of social skills.
- Searching for one’s self—Finally, reading involves more than just the personalities of fictional characters. Getting lost in a good book has been linked to helping develop the reader’s own knowledge of self-identity and sense of self-expression.