Stephen: Do you read everyday? Here’s why you should

Mental Floss has compiled a list of statistics that prove reading every day is good for your mind (and soul). Here they are:

  1. Reading can boost your intelligence. People who exhibit strong reading skills early in life grow up to be more intelligent.
  2. Reading helps increase empathy. According to a study published in 2013, people who consume literary fiction have an easier time sensing and relating to emotions in other people.
  3. Reading can lower stress. A 2009 study found that reading for just 30 minutes has similar stress-reducing effects to doing 30 minutes of yoga.
  4. Read may change your brain. A 2013 study discovered that when people read fiction with a strong narrative and plot, their brains continue to behave differently hours and even days later.
  5. Reading is an excuse to put your phone away at night. Reading a physical book before going to bed is a great alternative to scrolling through your phone.
  6. Reading helps families bond. When parents read out loud to their children, they can pass on the benefits of reading and encourage meaningful interactions.

A new calculator available online can show you how much time you waste on social media in a given year, and what other things you could be doing with that time such as reading books. Lifehacker reports that the Omni calculator allows users to enter in how often they check social media per day, and how long they stay there during each visit. The calculator will then turn that into a book count, based on typical page counts and reading speeds. For example, if you spent 1.87 hours per day on social media, based on the calculator’s¬†default book length and reading speed settings, you could read 136 books in a single year. The calculator also has different settings to help you figure out how much time it would take to save money based on your salary, or how much activity you need to engage in to lose weight, and more.

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