Being a bookworm is good for your health

Recently I saw this article that stated something that I’ve been sure of for years – being a bookworm is good for your health.

Neurologists suggest that reading is one of the brain stimulating activities that can decelerate the deterioration in cognitive function that occurs as we age. Reading is good mental exercise and like any exercise, to gain the most health benefits the exercise has to become a habit. After reading the statistics in the article I am sure that my reading addiction is not a habit that I am willing to kick any time soon.

I also found this post on the web, which gave some additional interesting benefits of reading. These include stress reduction and improved self esteem.

I can definitely relate to the stress relieving power of books. They are my escapism, where I do not have to deal with the pressures of work, being a mum, my illness etc.

How do you think books and reading benefit your health?