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The Perks of Regular Reading

A stack of haphazardly stacked books, the top one open with the pages fanned.

Today the StoneGate Apartments Blog takes a look at the benefits of regular reading and invites our residents to consider adding “read more” to their list of New Year’s resolutions. Most people know that reading increases your vocabulary, but have you ever stopped to think why or where that makes a difference?  What about your health? Did you know, for instance, that reading works more quickly to reduce stress than taking a walk or listening to music or that reading is a good way to maintain cognitive function? Read on to learn more benefits garnered from perusing the pages of books.

Reading Reduces Stress

A study performed by the consultancy firm Mindlab International found that reading reduces stress. In fact according to the study, “subjects only needed to read, silently, for six minutes to slow down the heart rate and ease tension in the muscles.”

Reading Improves Your Ability to Concentrate

Reading a book is good training to learn to focus and concentrate, which can be a difficult thing to learn. Getting “lost in a book” involves closing off the outside world and immersing yourself in the words. Over time, this translates to strengthening your attention span, a skill which can be transferred to other pursuits.

Reading Improves Writing

Perhaps surprisingly to some, regular reading improves writing ability. This goes hand-in-hand with expanding your vocabulary through reading. A broader vocabulary means a greater variety of word choice when writing. Reading also exposes the reader to different styles of writing, which can influence your own writing, much the same as an artist or musician is influenced by his peers. Most accomplished writers are avid readers.

Reading Teaches and Entertains

While sitting in a comfy chair in your apartment in Williamsville, NY, you can travel the world and beyond. Under the guise of entertainment, your imagination can run wild, your empathy and compassion can increase, and your core knowledge of world cultures, art, and history can expand.

Next time we will be sharing some books to read complete with Goodreads.com reviews. What have you learned from reading? Please feel free to share in the comments.