10 Benefits of Reading!
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By Divya: Reading is
one of the best hobbies a person can have. But it’s saddening to know that
majority of us aren’t introduced to the fabulous world of books. If you are one
of the non-book readers who feels you “don’t need no stinking books”, here are
some reasons to start the habit…before you are left behind!
- Reading is an active mental process:
Unlike sitting in front of the idiot box (TV), reading makes you use your
brain. While reading you would be forced to reason out many things which are
unfamiliar to you. In this process you would use the grey cells of your
brain to think and become smarter.
- Reading improves your vocabulary:
Remember in elementary school when you learned how to infer the meaning of
one word by reading the context of the other words in the sentence? You get
the same benefit from book reading. While reading books, especially
challenging ones, you will find yourself exposed to many new words you
wouldn’t be otherwise.
- Gives you a glimpse into other
cultures and places of the world: How would you know about the life
of people in Mexico if you don’t read about it? Reading gives you an insight
into the diversity of ethnicity of people, their customs, their lifestyles
etc. You become more aware about the different places and the code of
conduct in those places.
- Improves concentration and focus:
It requires you to focus on what you are reading for long periods. Unlike
magazines, Internet posts or e-Mails that might contain small chunks of
information, books tell the whole story. Since you must concentrate in order
to read, like a muscle, you will get better at concentration.
- Builds self-esteem: The
more you read, the more knowledgeable you become. With more knowledge comes
more confidence. More confidence builds self-esteem. So it’s a chain
reaction. Since you are so well read, people look to you for answers. Your
feelings about yourself can only get better.
- Improves memory: Many
studies show if you don’t use your memory, you lose it. Crossword puzzles
are an example of a word game that staves off Alzheimer’s. Reading, although
not a game, helps you stretch your memory muscles in a similar way. Reading
requires remembering details, facts and figures and in literature, plot
lines, themes and characters.
- Improves your discipline:
Making time to read is something we all know we should do, but who schedules
book reading time every day? Very few… That’s why adding book reading to
your daily schedule and sticking to it, improves discipline.
- Improves creativity:
Reading about diversity of life and exposing yourself to new ideas and more
information helps to develop the creative side of the brain as it imbibes
innovation into your thinking process.
- You always have something to talk
about: Have you ever found yourself in an embarrassing situation
where you didn’t have anything to talk about? Did you hate yourself for
making a fool of yourself? Do you want a remedy for this? It’s simple. Start
reading. Reading widens your horizon of information. You’ll always have
something to talk about. You can discuss various plots in the novels you
read, you can discuss the stuff you are learning in the business books you
are reading as well. The possibilities of sharing become endless.
- Reduces boredom: One of
the rules I have is if I am feeling bored, I will pick up a book and start
reading. What I’ve found by sticking to this is that I become interested in
the book’s subject and stop being bored. I mean, if you’re bored anyway, you
might as well be reading a good book, right?
If you want to break
the monotony of a lazy, uncreative and boring life, go and grab an interesting
book. Turn the pages to explore a new world filled with information and