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Why Reading Is The Best Workout For Our Brain?

by | Published: | Updated: 04/01/2020


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Why Reading Is The Best Workout For our Brain?

It took millions of years for humans, and our recent ancestors, to develop the visual and motor and auditory skills that let us function in the complex world we inhabit today. But in less than 5,000 years, a brief span in human history, we learned how to read. And that skill, or at least our understanding of it, is still evolving.

It's amazing we can read these words:

  • According to scientists, one of the best ways we can exercise our brain is reading.
  • Reading is a very complex task that requires several different regions of the brain to work together.
  • But surprisingly, we don't use the same neural circuits to read as we grow from infants to adults. So our brains are constantly changing throughout our lives.
  • It appears possible that reading can improve the "connectivity" between the various brain circuits that are essential to understanding the written word.
  • And there is recent evidence that simply reading a novel can keep that enhanced "connectivity" working for days, and possibly longer after we have finished the book.

Reading is a powerful way to grow, discover, create, and experience the fullness of our world. It is a gift.  The art of reading has an impact on our physical and emotional state.  We relax when we read, a study found that it only takes 6 minutes of reading to reduce stress and enhance our relaxation.  It slows our heart rate, reduces muscle tension, and reduces our stress levels.  Reading combats mental decline increases mental capacity and individuals who fail to read regularly experience a mental decline at a rate of 48% faster than those who read regularly throughout their lives. There are a lot of different ways we can treat our brain with love and care for its health.

Impact on children

  • Reading is the ultimate workout for the brain. Because learning new things stimulates our mind. Intelligence depends on one’s ability to learn.
  • Reading expands our vocabulary, improves our communication skills, develops our analytical skills, boosts our memory, makes it easier for we to focus.

When we read to our children we are giving them the gift of school-readiness, brain development, and empathy. This simple act of reading and connecting with a child increases their vocabulary, comprehension, fluency, concentration, and self-discipline.  Reading builds powerful new pathways within the human brain, igniting the regions of our neural networks that can lead to enhanced brain function, engaging up to 17 regions of the brain.  Even impacting our physical and emotional states, helping develop empathy and internalizing social values.  According to scientists, though, one of the best ways we can exercise our brain is reading. One of the brain's most important functions is memory. It is the storage centre of everything a person has learned, including not only their own name and identity and the identities of the people around them, but the skills they need to function in everyday life.

 

A study published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology found that students who engaged inperspective-taking activities with novels were associated with improved attitudes.



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