Reading is a simple luxury many of us enjoy in our free time, but aside from the relaxation benefits—reading is the best sleeping pill—new research by The Reading Agency has found that reading for pleasure has a myriad of medicinal benefits to our well-being. Indulging in your favorite literary classic can enhance empathy, improve relationships, and even reduce depression and risk of dementia. The report, conducted by BOP Consulting and funded by the Peter Sowerby Foundation, also shows that reading for pleasure "plays a vital role in improving educational outcomes." So now we know we need to read more, the question is can we find the time? Reading levels are low among people of all ages, along with literacy. According to a study conducted in late April by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institute of Literacy, published on Huffington Post, 32 million adults in the U.S. can't read. The report also found many children don't read regularly, and almost a third of adults don't read for pleasure. So it's about time you picked up a new book and started reaping the health rewards of this classic pastime.
To read more of this report, visit The Reading Agency.
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