- Reading is a hobby many people enjoy, whether it’s to wind down before bed, reduce stress and escape reality, or pass time on vacation.
- Not only does reading reduce stress, it can also enhance our social skills, increase vocabulary and intelligence, and even ease depression.
- For those who struggle to find the time or desire to read, try listening to audiobooks, re-read old favorites, or make a TBR list.
Reading is such a good hobby. It provides so many incredible benefits from boosting creativity to making us more empathetic. However, a lot of people struggle to find the time to actually sit down and read. Life is so busy and reading a book from beginning to end is time consuming. So how do we make reading a habit?
There are little practices we can adopt to set ourselves up for success. To learn more about reading and why important, here’s a list of the many incredible health benefits that come from reading and how to make it a daily habit. Check it out…
Reading not only makes us smarter, but it also makes us nicer. According to a 2013 study published in the journal Science, people who read fiction that explores the inner lives of characters are able to better understand the feelings and beliefs of others.
This skill is called “theory of mind” by researchers and is essential for building, navigating and maintaining social relationships, says Healthline. This is not something that develops after reading one story. Research has found theory of mind is better developed in long-term fiction readers. Medical News Today expands on this even further by citing a study reported by MNT which found that individuals who read fiction also score higher on tests of empathy than those who read nonfiction.