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4 ways how reading can positively impact your life!

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We’re sure you already know a couple of benefits that reading brings, but here are some ways that just might surprise you 😉

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1.
Books to the Rescue 🙂 

Did you know that according to a study conducted by the
University of Sussex in 2009, reading helped to reduce stress levels by 69
percent? It is more effective than listening to music! Cognitive Neuropsychologist Dr. Lewis believes that immersing yourself in reading serves as a form of escape from your daily
worries and stresses, while allowing you to explore the realm of imagination set
by the author 😛

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2.
Empathetic skills, improved!

It has always been known that indulging in fictional reads
aids in widening our perspectives. Recently, this claim has been backed up
with scientific facts that readers of fiction are more empathetic as compared to those who do not read fiction.

According to a study conducted at Emory University, novels that are character-centric helped readers to become more emotionally intelligent.

Read more fiction and your empathetic skills will definitely
improve! 🙂

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3.
We’re capable of feeling metaphors.

Another Emory University study showed that our
brains are receptive to metaphors about texture, and that they are more physical
than we think. :O

MRI scans of those who participated in the study were compared using these examples – “She had a rough day” and “She had a bad day”. Upon hearing
the texture metaphor, the portion of our brain that is usually triggered when we touch
something, lit up too! This goes to show that we truly feel texture metaphors 😀

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4.      
Longer attention spans, here we go 😀

It has been shown through research that the structure of books spur and teach our brains to ponder the ‘beginning,
middle and the end’ sequence, and encourage us to look out for cause-and-effect linkages.

The more you read, the better your brain will be
at refining longer cause-and-effect structures. The more you read, the longer your attention span and the better your ability to focus. 😉

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And there you go! These are the 4 ways in which reading can positively
impact your life. We are sure there’s more waiting to be discovered throughout your reading journey 🙂

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