Why You Should Read Books – The Benefits of Reading More (animated) Reading improves your focus and concentration. With all the distractions nowadays, people have really big problems with concentrating. Don’t be one of them. You’re stressed out? Then pick up the goddamn book. Research conducted in 2009 showed that reading is the most effective way to overcome stress. Scientific studies show that reading actually makes you smarter. Your body needs movement. That means your brain needs movement, as well. And reading is the best workout for your mind.