I am Dr. Hassan, a Board-Certified Physiatrist and Independent Practice Owner. I help physiatrists start and grow their own profitable practices so they can achieve financial independence and live without limits.
Who doesn’t want to have a better life? We all do. Sometimes in seeking to improve our lives, we overlook simple but powerful practices. Reading is simple to do, and it can have an incredibly strong impact on your life. Here are three ways that reading can help you live your best-ever life.
1 – You Can Learn to Do Anything
Do you want to learn to speak another language? They have books for that. Would you like to bake a cake? Countless recipe books can help you out. Do you want to learn about
Break out a book!
The great thing about books is that you take them at your own pace. You can read as slowly or quickly as you like. Go back and read over a section you highlighted. E-readers and smartphones have digital features that allow you to highlight sections, take notes and share content with others. Whether you like your written content in physical or digital format, you can learn anything by reading.
2 – You Give Your Brain a Much-Needed Workout
Joseph Addison was a seventeenth-century English writer. He once wrote, “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”
It’s true. Your mind is a muscle, and just like other muscles, you use or lose it. You can combat mental decline and improve cognitive function by reading.
In a study titled “Short and Long-Term Effects of a Novel on Connectivity in the Brain,” brainwave activity increased while people were reading a book. Incredibly, improved brain function and connectivity increased for days after they had stopped reading! Read more for a stronger brain and to fight cognitive decline as you age.
3 – Reading Relieves Stress and Makes Your Heart Healthy
The results of a study on the link between reading and several health factors were published in the January 2009 Journal of College Teaching and Learning. Reading for just 30 minutes lowered blood pressure, heart rate, and feelings of stress.
Volunteers were tested by Mindlab International in another study on the effect of reading on stress relief. The research took place at the University of Sussex. Stress levels were reduced by a full 68% while reading. This produced better results than going for a walk, drinking coffee or tea, and playing video games for stress relief.
Reading empowers you. You can learn anything by reading. Your mind isn’t the only one to benefit. Your heart rate drops, as well as your blood pressure. For stress relief, reading can’t be beaten. There are many other significant rewards of this simple practice. Start reading more today to improve your life in so many ways.
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