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How Reading Can Improve Health

Reading offers numerous psychological benefits, from relieving anxiety and depression to staving off dementia. Frequent readers also reap social rewards, demonstrating a greater capacity for empathy, tolerance, and awareness of different cultures. 

For those who have difficulty carving out time to read, Dr Josie Billington, deputy director of the Centre for Research into Reading at the University of Liverpool, suggests the following tips:

  • Read what interests you
  • Set aside 30 minutes a week for reading
  • Challenge yourself to try new genres
  • Don’t force yourself through a dull read!

Reading can offer richer, broader, and more complex models of experience, which enable people to view their own lives from a refreshed perspective and with renewed understanding. (Fast Company)

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