Reading is good for our brains. “The cognitions involved in reading are complex and rapid,” says Brewer, “requiring a relatively high level of focus to not just decode words but comprehend the story, symbolism and meaning within the text.”
There are also psychological benefits to reading. Connecting with a character in a book can help to ease feelings of loneliness. “Seeing ourselves reflected in stories and represented in print can help create a sense of being understood and of belonging,” says Brewer.
Book reading may also improve your longevity. Such was the finding of research published in Social Science & Medicine in 2016, which found that book readers experienced a 20 per cent reduction in mortality risk over the 12 years of follow-up, compared to non-book readers.
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