If you’re one of the few who can’t get past the first few pages of a book then you just might be missing out. Reading has a number of benefits that anyone at any age could take advantage of. Check out some of these benefits below:
- MAKES YOU SMARTER.
This right here may be the best reason you should read. Studies show that those who read are most likely to have higher intelligence than those who don’t. Knowledge is important when you want to succeed in life and you can’t attain knowledge unless you start reading.
- STIMULATES YOU MENTALLY.
“Use it or lose it” is perhaps the best way to describe the human brain. Studies have shown that staying mentally stimulated is the best way to exercise your brain. An active brain is proven to reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
- INCREASE YOUR VOCABULARY.
It goes without saying that the more you read, the more words you learn. The more you learn, the more confident you become. Being articulate paired with confidence is a good recipe for success.
- IMPROVE YOUR MEMORY.
Every time you read a book, you get bombarded with numerous characters, their backgrounds and their role in the story you are reading. Add to that a plotline that has a variety of sub-arcs that intersect with each sub story in the major plot. One would think that all those information are overwhelming. And yes it is. But the beauty of the human brain is that for every new memory we create, new brain pathways are made and existing ones are strengthened. This process helps us recall the things that we have read even if it was a long time ago.
- ENHANCE WRITING AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS.
When your vocabulary widens, the way you write and speak is affected. As you read and discover new words, it gets incorporated in your language and improves how you communicate.
- REDUCES STRESS.
No matter how challenging your whole day may have been, once you open a book and lose yourself in the story, it all slips away. A beautifully written story could engage you and let you travel to a different time while a witty article could keep you smiling at the punch lines and voila! Stress is gone.
- IT ENTERTAINS.
No matter what your taste in literature may be, there is a book for you. Various genres are available for everyone, whether you’re the type who prefers light chick lit reads, cheesy romance or enjoys the thrill of reading mystery and suspense novels. Check out your local library and bookstore for any suggestions. And don’t be scared to venture out of your favorite category. You never know, you just might meet your next favorite book.