Most avid readers will say that immersing yourself in an insightful book can make you discover new things about yourself, improve your memory and advance your empathy. Health and mind books are now trending in particular as they are inspiring readers to overcome habits, improve sleep patterns, and even boost relationships.
Whether you’re reading a book for your studies or leisure, the storyline, and details about other people’s stories, can be encouraging to make changes to our minds and health. These types of books can stimulate your brain and many areas of your everyday life, so what other ways can books positively improve your life?
Stimulates Your Mind
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss
Physical activities are great for increasing oxygen to your brain, but it doesn’t help with your mental health or problem-solving ability. By opening a book and taking some time to read each day, you can help ‘train’ your memory and increase your ability to overcome problems by thinking about something new.
We can all agree that reading is one of the few activities that require your undivided attention; however, if you’re committed to reading once a day or week, you can improve your ability to concentrate and remember important information in everyday life.
Builds A Stronger Vocabulary
“The most important thing is to read as much as you can like I did. It will give you an understanding of what makes good writing, and it will enlarge your vocabulary.” – J.K. Rowling
Books have the power to improve your vocabulary by introducing you to new words, sentences, and even ideas. Your vocabulary will grow and develop as you read more and help you converse better. A strong vocabulary also helps with confident command over a language, which benefits personally and professionally. Good language and confidence can be used to impress universities and recruiters.
The Perfect Way To Unwind
“The person who deserves most pity is a lonesome one on a rainy day who doesn’t know how to read.” – Benjamin Franklin
Picture this: it is positively pouring outside, you have a day off from classes/work. How do you relax? In an increasingly digital world where we’re trying to control our screen time, reading proves to be an excellent way to unwind.
Losing yourself in the words of any author sounds like an excellent way to relax. Reading helps you distract yourself while also helping to strengthen your brain.
Bypass The Binge-Watching
“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” – Groucho Marx
We’ve all taken part in the ‘the book was better than the movie’ argument. Let us tell you that the book is always better. In this case, when a number of content that is produced today is based on books, reading said books offer better insight into the author’s original vision.
In addition, binge-watching strains the eye, causing physical and sometimes mental duress. Books, on the other hand, have proven to be free of health risks help stimulate the brain, which improves mental health and also reduces stress.
Makes You Empathetic
“We read to know that we are not alone.” – C.S. Lewis
Research suggests that readers who enjoy fiction stories develop the ability to empathise better. Readers who immerse themselves in literary fiction explore characters’ lives in these stories, helping them relate to similar experiences in real life.
Researchers named the ‘theory of mind’, this ability helps readers build, navigate, and better maintain social relationships. While casual readers may not feel this deep sense of empathy, avid readers that consume fiction are more likely to become empathetic individuals.
Improves Your Writing
“Reading is the finest teacher of how to write.” – Annie Proulx
It’s a common rite of passage for passionate readers to be passionate writers. But not everyone has a way with words. In order to weave words with magic and momentum, along with impeccable language and writing skills, a writer should be an avid reader.
The more a writer reads, the more it shows in the way he/she writes. The knowledge taught from reading easily flows and shows how a writer shares their vision through words. The more you read, the better you write.
“To read a novel requires a certain kind of concentration, focus and devotion to the reading. If you read a novel in more than two weeks, you don’t read the novel really.” – Philip Roth
Increasing technology and accessibility is turning us into ‘couch potatoes. Our attention spans have decreased and the availability of everything on one device limits our potential to explore and focus.
Reading requires your undivided attention, and to fully immerse yourself while reading, concentration is a key factor. Reading one chapter a day, or finishing one book a week helps increase your focus and improves concentration.
Better Analytical Skills
“Reading is the gateway skill that makes all other learning possible.” – Barack Obama
By now, we’ve established that reading has a ton of benefits. But, what’s one more? Reading helps you analyse situations better, based on fictional experiences, then applied to reality. For example, reading a mystery novel helps you build skills useful in problem solving.
As we predict plots and storylines while reading, our mind works harder, helping it build analytical skills subconsciously, which helps in real life situations.
American author Stephen King said, “books are uniquely portable magic” and we couldn’t agree more. In addition to being free entertainment, reading also offers an array of positive benefits, as we’ve listed above. It’s never too late to pick up a book and delve into literary heaven. Grab a book and become a reader today!
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