Heightens Concentration: When you read, you use a different part of the brain than what you would use for visual entertainment (watching TV) or audio entertainment (listening to music or the radio). By exercising that part, you can work towards enhancing the brain’s capability to think and concentrate.
Reduces Stress: A good book is often said to “take you to another world”. Diving deep into a book is a great of taking your mind off any worries and leave behind any stress you may be carrying with you.
Deepens Empathy: An emerging theory suggests that reading fiction can improve your ability to understand what other people are thinking or feeling.
Provides Pleasure: Reading is shown to stimulate the portions of the brain associated with pleasure. One team even found that close reading and pleasure reading increased blood flow to different areas of the brain.
Exercise for your brain: Studies show that those who regularly read or play mentally challenging games are two and a half times less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.
Saves money: According to Weight Watchers, the average novel costs between $8 and $13 and takes about six hours to read. Not to mention a library which is even cheaper. Compared to other forms of entertainment, books win the cost effective entertainment contest hands down.
Increased tolerance for uncertainty: Studies have found that one of the more immediate benefits and non-educational benefits of reading include an increased tolerance for uncertainty. Participants who read short stories were found less likely to “need to reach a quick conclusion in decision-making and an aversion to ambiguity and confusion.” Avid fiction readers in turn were found better able to think creatively and not be tied down to one specific idea.