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Your favorite books can do more than transport your mind or educate you. They may also be good for your health. The benefits of picking up a book, magazine or e-book include:

  • Increased mental stimulation
  • Reduced stress
  • Improved memory

Read on for even more positives.


Train your brain

Through reading, we gain knowledge, sharpen conversation skills and spark imagination. Our brain also benefits in other ways, actually changing its structure to increase capacity for understanding.

Encourage compassion

Studies suggest that readers may relate with others on a deeper level because they more easily imagine themselves in others’ shoes.

Put the internet away

Being connected to technology 24/7 can take a toll on our health. A book may be a perfect way to unplug from electronics.


Well-schooled kids

Multiple studies indicate that the reading benefits for school-aged children could fill volumes. A 2017 study shows that reading and writing provide students with tools for lifetime success.

Wee listeners

One study found benefits even for those who can’t yet read themselves. It showed that reading books to babies improved focus and recognition as early as 6 to 9 months of age.

So, how much time should we spend reading to see a benefit? A 12-year study found that reading books for 30 minutes a day may help us live longer – giving us even more time for more reading.


  • United Healthcare


The information provided is for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be medical advice or a substitute for professional health care. You should consult an appropriate health care professional for your specific needs.

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