7 Benefits of Reading
When was the last time you read a book, or a substantial magazine article? Do your daily reading habits center around tweets, Facebook updates, etc. If you’re one of countless people who don’t make a habit of reading regularly, you might be missing out.
Reading has a significant number of benefits, and here’re 7 benefits of reading to get you to start reading.
7. STRESS RELIEVER
You may not believe this but reading can actually help you to relieve your stress. How may you ask? Well, when you are stressed it obviously means that something is in your mind that’s making your overthink. In such situations, if you take out a book and start reading it, you will be diverting your mind away from that stressful topic and be taken to a world of fiction and literature. This helps you to calm down and as we all know, a calm mind is more adept at finding solutions than a stressed out one.
6. VOCABULARY EXPANSION
The more you read, the more words you gain exposure to, and they’ll inevitably make their way into your everyday vocabulary.
Being articulate and well-spoken is of great help in any profession, and knowing that you can speak to higher-ups with self-confidence can be an enormous boost to your self-esteem. It could even aid in your career, as those who are well-read, well-spoken, and knowledgeable on a variety of topics tend to get promotions more quickly (and more often) than those with smaller vocabularies and lack of awareness of literature, scientific breakthroughs, and global events.
5. MEMORY IMPROVEMENT
When you read a book, you have to remember an assortment of characters, their backgrounds, ambitions, history, and nuances, as well as the various arcs and sub-plots that weave their way through every story. That’s a fair bit to remember, but brains are marvellous things and can remember these things with relative ease.
Amazingly enough, every new memory you create forges new synapses (brain pathways) and strengthens existing ones, which assists in short-term memory recall as well as stabilizing moods.
4. GAIN VALUABLE KNOWLEDGE
One of the most obvious benefits of reading everyday is learning. Unlike a You Tube video or podcast, books provide access to in-depth knowledge. In other words, if you want to become more productive, which do you think you’ll learn more from?
- A book by someone who’s studied productivity for 20 years,
- O r a 10- minute You Tube video by someone interested in the topic?
Which do you think you’ll absorb more from? Which do you think is more likely to help change your habits? Books, of course!
Going beyond the surface of a subject is essential to success, too. This is probably why the author Roald Dahl once said, “If you are going to get anywhere in life, you have to read a lot of books.”
3. IMPROVE YOUR FOCUS
Being able to concentrate and focus for long periods is essential to our success and wellbeing.
2. ENHANCES YOUR CREATIVITY
This point is my personal favourite and something that I can relate to and give solid evidence on. When you are reading on a constant basis, your overall creativity levels will increase by leaps and bounds. Why? Because you are now acquiring a lot of new knowledge and new data that you can use in your daily life. Not just that, if you are reading the work of different writers, then you get a full insight as to how they think and how they perceive things. This broadens your mind and you can use titbits of one writer and a few more and enhance your own creativity.
1. IT MAKES YOU SMART
No denying that people who read are way smarter than those who don’t. I mean, you now have the knowledge to talk about things with others. You have the information to carry out a conversation, unlike people who cower away due to lack of knowledge. You can fit in any situation because you have read up on certain things and are updated with current events.
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