The Benefits of Reading


Being a Beatnik is synonymous with being a voracious bookworm. In the 1950s, the literary and cultural movement of the Beat Generation, spearheaded by the likes of Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, was the embodiment of a youth culture fully immersed and involved in the all manners of the arts. While the same level of engagement in literature hasn't been nearly as prevalent in the 21st century amongst youth and adults alike, the irrefutable fact still remains that reading is one of the best possible things you can do for your brain.

While there is a myriad of benefits with in-depth physiological/psychological explanations, I will list only a few for brevity's sake. Check the links for more comprehensive reading from reputable sources.

  1. Slows the onset of dementia and diseases like Alzheimer's.
  2. Reduces stress to an even greater extent than a cup of tea, listening to music, or going for a walk.
  3. Increases empathy and the ability to perceive and consider other viewpoints.
  4. Improved writing skills from the constant engagement and interaction with differing writing styles.
  5. Increased vocabulary and capacity to communicate with words.
  6. Simultaneously one of the most enthralling/inexpensive forms of entertainment.
  7. Reading before bed can help you catch more and better sleep.
  8. Increased capacity for analytical thinking.
  9. Improved ability to focus and concentrate.
  10. Improved memory and increases the number of neural pathways in the brain.

Sources: Huffington Post article, The Guardian article, Psychology Today article