When was the last time you read a book?
Do your daily reading habits center around tweets, Facebook updates, Instagram etc. If you’re one of the countless people who don’t make a habit of reading regularly, you might be missing out: reading has a significant number of benefits, and just a few benefits of reading are listed below.
- Mental Stimulation: Just like any other muscle in the body, the brain requires exercise to keep it strong and healthy.
- Stress Reduction: Reading drains away tension and allows you to relax.
- Knowledge: The more knowledge you have, the better-equipped you are to tackle any challenge you’ll ever face.
- Vocabulary Expansion: The more you read, the more words you gain exposure to, and they’ll inevitably make their way into your everyday vocabulary.
- Memory Improvement: Every new memory you create forges new brain pathways and strengthens existing ones, which assist in short term memory.
- Stronger Analytical Thinking Skills: Reading enables you to put critical and analytical thinking to work by taking note of all the details provided and sorting them out.
- Improved Focus and Concentration: Try reading for 15-20 minutes before work and you’ll be surprised at how much more focused you will be through the day.
- Better Writing Skills: Exposure to published, well-written work has a noted effect on one’s own writing.
- Tranquility: Reading spiritual texts can lower blood pressure and bring about an immense sense of calm while reading self-help books help people suffering from certain mood disorders and mild mental illnesses.
- Free Entertainment: There’s a reading genre for every literate person on the planet, and whether your tastes lie in classical literature, poetry, fashion magazines, biographies, religious texts, young adult books, self-help guides, or street lit, there’s something out there to capture your curiosity and imagination. Step away from your computer for a little while, crack open a book, and replenish your soul for a little while.
“The greatest gift is a passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, and it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination’’ – Elizabeth Hardwick.
Books are the wisest counselors and the most patient teachers.