5 Reasons why Reading Matters

1. Reading can help improve school grades

According to the OECD, “On average, students who read daily for enjoyment score the equivalent of one-and-a-half years of schooling better than those who do not”

2. Reading can reduce stress

According to research done by the University of Essex, reading for just 6 minutes can reduce stress levels by 68%.  Reading reduced stress levels more than walking, listening to music or having a cup of tea. 

3. Reading improves empathy

According to research, by Reading Agency UK   “Reading is closely linked to increasing understanding of our own identities and can also play a large part in relating to others, understanding their world views and so forth.”

4. Reading can make you happy

According to a survey conducted in 2013, by  Booktrust “People who read books are significantly more likely to be happy and content with their life”

5. Reading could keep your brain sharp for longer

A study, carried out by the Journal of Neurology suggested that participated in brain-stimulating activities like reading “across a person’s lifetime, from childhood through old age, is important for brain health in old age,”