Many Great Reasons to Read
Everything changes when we read.
The more we read, the more enlightened we become. Gaining knowledge empowers our minds and broadens its range.
Reading broadens our imagination by stimulating the right side of our brain. It literally opens our minds to new possibilities and new ideas helping us experience and analyze the world through others' lives.
Neuroscientists at Emory University * discovered that reading fiction can improve brain function on a variety of levels. They found that becoming engrossed in a novel enhances connectivity in the brain and improves brain function. Reading fiction was found to improve the reader's imagination in a way that is similar to muscle memory** in sports.
Additionally, they found that reading a good novel allows one’s imagination to take flight and allows you to forget about your day-to-day troubles. Reading a good science fiction novel, for example, can transport you to a fantasy world that becomes reality in your mind’s eye.
Lead Emory researcher Gregory Berns concluded, "At a minimum, we can say that reading stories—especially those with strong narrative arcs—reconfigures brain networks for at least a few days. It shows how stories can stay with us. This may have profound implications for children and the role of reading in shaping their brains."