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Abstract

Reading and Health Benefits

Introduction: A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. According to scientists, reading offers very tangible benefits for our health except for life cultivation, formation of a person’s soul and broadeningof our horizons.

Purpose: This reviewaims at delvinginto the effects of reading and studying in order to promote health and quality of life.

Review methods: The material of the study has been recent articles concerning the subject. They have been mainly found via electronic databases Medline, Google Scholar and the Hellenic academic libraries Link (HEAL-Link). 30 reference sources were included.

Results: Reading is a most beneficial exercise for our brain and mind as it could help the human brain perform all its functions as properly as possible. When people read on a regular basis, they force their minds to think more; as a result, it enables reader to be more insightful. It should be noted that reading is a complex process during which, we use both hemispheres of the brain. At the same time, the Corpus Callosum, which is the tissue that connects the two hemispheres, is activated. Thereby, it contributes to a better exchange of information between them. Reading can be beneficial even for the respiratory or cardiovascular system owing to the fact that it activates the frontal lobe, from which all the automatic functions of the body, such as breathing or the heart function, depend on.

Conclusion: Generally, a book seeks nothing,in return, from the reader, as it patiently waits to offer its information, take a person out of a predicament and transport a reader to magical worlds.


Author(s): Kourkouta L*, Iliadis C, Frantzana A and Vakalopoulou V

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