1. Home

  2. Habit Directory

  3. Reading


Discover More Habits
Reading infographic
Pencil icon


Reading books, fiction or nonfiction, is an essential to broaden our knowledge (1), improve our creativity, and prevent the decline of our mental faculties (2).

Question mark icon

How to Do It

Just read one of your favorite author’s books, the latest best-seller, or a non-fictional book!

Finger up icon


  • May reduce stress
  • May reduce the risk of dementia (2)
  • May increase longevity (4)
  • May reduce cognitive decline with age (3)
  • May improve intellectual development in children (1)
  • May increase empathy (5)
Clock icon

Time Commitment

20 min/day

Gear icon

Why it works

Science shows that by reading books, we can immerse ourselves in novel situations which helps to prevent cognitive decline and increase longevity (4). Reading about a character’s emotional life can also increase empathy by improving our capacity of taking other’s perspectives (5).

Calendar icon

Suggested Frequency


Article icon

Supporting Studies and Articles

  1. Ritchie, S. J., Bates, T. C., & Plomin, R. (2015). Does Learning to Read Improve Intelligence? A Longitudinal Multivariate Analysis in Identical Twins From Age 7 to 16. Child Development, 86(1), 23–36. https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.12272
  2. Hughes, T., Chang, C.-C. H., Bilt, J. V., & Ganguli, M. (2010). Engagement in reading and hobbies and risk of incident dementia: The MoVIES Project. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias, 25(5), 432–438. https://doi.org/10.1177/1533317510368399
  3. Wilson, R. S., Boyle, P. A., Yu, L., Barnes, L. L., Schneider, J. A., & Bennett, D. A. (2013). Life-span cognitive activity, neuropathologic burden, and cognitive aging. Neurology, 81(4), 314–321. https://doi.org/10.1212/WNL.0b013e31829c5e8a
  4. Bavishi, A., Slade, M. D., & Levy, B. R. (2016). A chapter a day: Association of book reading with longevity. Social Science & Medicine, 164, 44–48. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.07.014
  5. Kidd, D. C., & Castano, E. (2013). Reading Literary Fiction Improves Theory of Mind. Science, 342(6156), 377–380. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1239918
Warning icon

Side Effects


Gear icon

Required Equipment


Finger up icon

Gurus/Celebrities/Doing it

Warren Buffet

Bill Gates

Elon Musk

Clock icon

Suggested Time of Day

Any time

Great before bed

Notes icon


  • Reading before bed may increase your sleep quality and reduce insomnia.
  • If reading non fiction, combine reading with journaling. Take notes when you read and determine actionable steps you can take. 

Category icon


 Productivity  Focus  Creativity  Memory  Sharpness
Discover More Habits

More Habits

Rate Habit


Contact us





Thank you

Thank you for your message. It has been sent.