books you read influence your brain
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This is how the books you read influence your brain

Opening the pages of your favorite book offers you more benefits than you can imagine.

Thanks to reading, we can enter into an infinity of worlds, some close and others unknown, that bring us closer to the minds of different characters in an almost prodigious way. Sometimes our pace of life and the increasing presence of electronic devices make it difficult for us to find a space for books in our daily lives. But it is worth it that we take a look at all the benefits that this novel that you are wanting to read can offer you, even if you can’t find the time to do so.

Improve your memory

Reading delays the deterioration that the brain suffers over the years and exercises our memory by making the brain constantly store new information: stories, characters, places, expressions. Also, this information is accompanied by the emotions it produces in us reading the story, and all emotion favors that memories last longer and with greater clarity in our brain. So much so, that research conducted at the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago concluded that people who engaged in stimulating activities such as reading, both as children and adults, had a much lower memory decline than those who did not read never.

Creative mind

Reading opens you up to real and imaginary worlds and new perspectives and is guaranteed to keep your mind and imagination sharp. Through reading, brain connections are produced that help you deduce things more fluidly and contemplate different possibilities on the same question. Of course, it seems that any reading does not serve this purpose and that fiction books help develop imagination and creativity.

Reduce stress

The University of Sussex is clear: in just 6 minutes of reading we can reduce stress. When we find a quiet moment to continue with the book at hand and we can disconnect from everything to immerse ourselves in the story, our body enters a state of relaxation. While we turn the pages, immersed in reading, our muscles reduce the accumulated tension and decrease the levels of cortisol, the stress hormone.

Increase empathy

A study published in the Scientific American magazine in 2013, showed that the habit of reading makes us more empathetic and helps us understand the feelings of others. By reading we can form ideas about others, about their emotions, their ideas, and their motivations. Then we can transfer those experiences to real life and improve our coexistence in society.

You sleep better

Reading half an hour at night (or more if you want) induces the brain to a calm state that prepares it to fall asleep easily. Of course, do not read on any electronic device, since the artificial light they emit stimulates us and makes it difficult to rest. If you have problems falling asleep, it is advisable that you do not read in bed and that you enter it only to sleep. Turn off the TV and lose yourself in reading, that before you imagine Morpheus will come to meet you to make you dream peacefully.

Stimulate your brain and learning

If you read regularly, your neurons will be more and better connected to each other. At least this is the case with those found in the left temporal lobe, and which is related to language. Our brain is strengthened thanks to these neural connections, which expand our cognitive and logical deduction capacity, in addition to learning and reasoning.