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In the dawn of a new year, many people are crafting their New Year’s Resolutions. “Read more” is a popular resolution, and for a good reason! It’s no secret that reading is good for you.
And how exactly does reading improve your life? And why should you make it a priority in 2021?
You’ll know in this blog. Just keep scrolling. I mean reading obviously.
When was the last time you read a book? What was your last book about?
Do your daily reading habits center around tweets, Facebook updates, or the directions on your instant popcorn packet?
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 here’re 10 benefits of reading to get you to start reading.
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- Mental Health
- Communication Skills
- Self-discipline & Consistency
- Strong Vocabulary & Occupational Success
- Better Writing Skills
- Reading Challenges Your Imagination – A. Einstein
- Reading Inspires You
- Let’s Talk About Focus And Concentration A Bit More
- Reduces Stress ( ref. Healthline )
- Increases Your Ability To Empathize
1. Mental Health
“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”Joseph Addison
Just like any other muscle in the body, the brain requires exercise to keep it strong and healthy, so the phrase “use it or lose it” is particularly apt when it comes to your mind. Doing puzzles and playing games such as chess have also been found to be helpful with cognitive stimulation.
Also, scientific studies have shown that reading does make you smarter. Reading a novel, for example, increases the blood flow and improves connectivity in the brain.
2. Communication Skills
Because reading increases your vocabulary and your knowledge of how to correctly use new words, reading helps you clearly articulate what you want to say. The knowledge you gain from reading also gives you lots to talk about with others.
Communication skills are very helpful even when you bargain to lower the price of a particular product at a shop. And hopefully, you get to convince the shopkeeper. And buy the product at your arbitrary price. Since lots of people do their shopping online now. They would probably wait for the sale to start.
3. Self-discipline & Consistency
With the modern barrage of media and instant technological information, our attention spans are getting shorter and shorter. Reading a book, unlike skimming a web page, forces you to focus. To get the most out of a story, you must fixate on the plot and complete the book. In doing this, your brain forms deep connections and practices concentration.
4. Strong Vocabulary & Occupational Success
The more you read, the more words you gain exposure to, and they’ll inevitably make their way into your everyday vocabulary.
Reading books is also vital for learning new languages, as non-native speakers gain exposure to words used in context, which will improve their speaking and writing fluency.
Researcher Johnson O’Connor found that “a person’s vocabulary level is the best single predictor of occupational success.”* Success in the business place depends on your communication skills.
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. Better Writing Skills
This goes hand-in-hand with the expansion of your vocabulary. Exposure to published, well-written work has a noted effect on one’s writing, as observing the cadence(rhythm), fluidity, and writing styles of other authors will invariably influence your work.
In the same way that musicians influence one another and painters use techniques established by previous masters, so do writers learn how to craft prose by reading the works of others.
6. Reading Challenges Your Imagination
Reading broadens our imagination by stimulating the right side of our brain. It opens our minds to new possibilities and new ideas & helps us to experience and analyze the world through others’ lives.
As you read, you put yourself in the character’s shoes. Your brain goes beyond the words on the page, imagining details such as appearances, emotions, and surroundings.
William Styron wrote, “A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.”
7. Reading Inspires You
Reading a good book is like being around an inspiring person. You observe inspiring actions, feel contagious passion, and desire to live a better life.
By reading, you’ll also boost creativity and concentration. It opens up your skills and discovers a world of fascinating ideas and experiences.
8. Let’s Talk About Focus And Concentration A Bit More
In our internet-crazed world, attention is drawn in a million different directions at once as we multi-task through every day.
Even though, Science has proven that there’s nothing as multitasking. It is switching focus from one to another task so quickly. And it is less productive than doing one thing at a time.
In a single 5-minute span, the average person will divide their time between working on a task, checking email, chatting with a couple of people (via whatsapp, facebook, skype, etc.), keeping an eye on twitter, monitoring their smartphone, and interacting with co-workers. This type of Attention deficit disorder (ADD) -like behavior causes stress levels to rise and lowers our productivity.
When you read a book, all of your attention is focused on the story—the rest of the world just falls away, and you can immerse yourself in every fine detail you’re absorbing.
9. Reduces Stress(ref. Healthline)
In 2009, a group of researchers measured the effects of yoga, humor, and reading on the stress levels of students in demanding health science programs in the United States.
10. Increases Your Ability To Empathize
Empathy is the ability to share and understand the emotions of others. And reading fiction can increase your emotional intelligence.
Not everyone experiences empathy in every situation. Some people may be more naturally empathetic in general, but people also tend to feel more empathetic towards some people and less so towards others.
Some of the different factors that play a role in this tendency include:
- Past experiences and expectations
- What people blame for the other person’s predicament
- How people perceive the other person
- How people attribute the other individual’s behaviours
Empathy Ref. Verywellmind
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- To keep our brain healthy & strong we should exercise it well as we do for our body. And reading books is a great way to do it.
- Good communication skills could bring you a fortune as well as respect and self-confidence.
- Reading books inspire you to be consistent. As the rock says “Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.” – Dwayne Johnson
- It improves vocabulary which is a crucial part of communication skills.
- Best writers often the best readers. By reading you learn the craft of writing your own stories, your hard feelings, letters, articles, cards, flairs etc.
- Practice makes men perfect. So does reading builds imagination more compelling. Reading Challenges Your Imagination – A. Einstein
- It makes you more logical & creative. Reading Inspires You
- When you read a book, all of your attention is focused on the story—the rest of the world just falls away, and you can immerse yourself in every fine detail you’re absorbing. Read more Let’s Talk About Focus And Concentration A Bit More
- Reading makes you more tranquil and focused. It Reduces Stress.
- It makes you more emotionally intelligent. And you learn how to empathize with others. Increases Your Ability To Empathize
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