We all know that reading makes us smarter. It can broaden your vocabulary, teach you new skills and lower stress levels. But that's just the tip of the ice berg. This infographic from designer Raphael Lysander explains some of the other benefits you might not be aware of -- from improved empathy to a lowered risk of dementia.
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Okay, so many of these "benefits" are casual associations rather than cause and effect: it's unlikely that a homeless person who takes up reading will end up owning a house, for example. Nevertheless, it's interesting to see all the ways that reading can improve the human condition; particularly in regards to growing up.