Have you convinced yourself that you don’t have time to read in your busy life? You might want to reconsider that decision, as research has shown that reading provides many work related benefits, including but not limited to reducing stress, increasing brain power and increasing your empathy towards others.

Reduces Stress

Work is stressful. Instead of reaching for that glass of wine or tub of ice cream, next time, reach for a book. Recent research found that reading only six minutes per day can reduce your stress level by more than two-thirds. Reading is shown to reduce stress more effectively than taking a walk, drinking a cup of team or listening to music. You can zone out into whatever land you want based on the book you choose. Looking to awaken your inner child? Read a fantastical novel, or even a young adult fiction book. Even reading a biography or thought-provoking non-fiction book also provides stress relief.

Works your Brain

Reading expands your vocabulary, enhances your communication skills and improves your ability to focus. Studies have shown that just six minutes of reading increases your brain functionality. Your brain is a muscle and like any other muscle, the more you work it, the stronger it will become. Reading will not only help you to learn new things, it will improve your overall intelligence, too.
Makes you more Empathetic

In a paper published in the journal Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, the academics reveal that those who had recognized more literary fiction authors in a list provided to them were better at inferring others’ feelings, a faculty known as theory of mind. Theory of Mind is is the ability to attribute mental states—beliefs, desires, emotions, etc.—to oneself, and to others, and to understand that others have beliefs, desires, intentions, and perspectives that are different from one’s own. This helps you to be a more empathetic person overall, simply by reading a book!

Research suggests that the act of reading isn’t simply pleasurable—it also boosts brain power, lowers stress levels, increased earning potential, and makes you a kinder, more empathetic person. So next time you come home from a long day at the office, pick up a book. You’ll be helping yourself out in more ways than one!