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BENEFITS FROM READING
have shown that staying mentally stimulated can slow the progress of (or
possibly even prevent) Alzheimer’s and Dementia, since
keeping your brain active and engaged prevents it from losing power.
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.
matter how much stress you
have at work, in your personal relationships, or countless other issues
faced in daily life, it all just slips away when you lose yourself in a
great story. A well-written novel can transport you to other realms, while
an engaging article will distract you and keep you in the present moment,
letting tensions drain away and allowing you to relax.
you read fills your head with new bits of information, and you never know
when it might come in handy. The more knowledge you have, the
better-equipped you are to tackle any challenge you’ll ever face.
here’s a bit of food for thought: should you ever find yourself in dire
circumstances, remember that although you might lose everything else—your
job, your possessions, your money, even your health—knowledge can never be
taken from you.
goes with the above topic:
more you read, the more words you gain exposure to, and they’ll inevitably
make their way into your everyday vocabulary.
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.
books is also vital for learning new
languages, as non-native speakers gain exposure to words used in
context, which will ameliorate their own speaking and writing fluency.
you read a book, you have to remember an assortment of characters, their
backgrounds, ambitions, history, and nuances, as well as the various arcs
and sub-plots that weave their way through every story. That’s a fair bit
to remember, but brains are marvellous things and can remember these
things with relative ease.
enough, every new memory you create forges new synapses (brain pathways) and
strengthens existing ones, which assists in short-term memory recall as
well as stabilizing moods. How
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Stronger Analytical Thinking Skills
you ever read an amazing mystery novel, and solved the mystery yourself
before finishing the book? If so, you were able to put critical and
analytical thinking to work by taking note of all the details provided and
sorting them out to determine “whodunnit”.
same ability to analyze details also comes in handy when it comes to
critiquing the plot; determining whether it was a well-written piece, if
the characters were properly developed, if the storyline ran smoothly,
you ever have an opportunity to discuss the book with others, you’ll be
able to state your opinions clearly, as you’ve taken the time to really
consider all the aspects involved.
Improved Focus and Concentration
our internet-crazed world, attention is drawn in a million different
directions at once as we multi-task through every day.
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
gchat, skype, etc.), keeping an eye on twitter, monitoring their
smartphone, and interacting with co-workers. This type of ADD-like
behaviour causes stress levels to rise, and lowers
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.
reading for 15-20 minutes before work (i.e. on your morning commute, if
you take public transit), and you’ll be surprised at how much more focused
you are once you get to the office.
information: if you find staying focus hard and re trying to improve your
focus, it’s possible you’ve
been doing it wrong.
Better Writing Skills
goes hand-in-hand with the expansion of your vocabulary:
to published, well-written work has a noted effect on one’s own writing,
as observing the cadence, fluidity, and writing styles of other authors
will invariably influence your own work.
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.
addition to the relaxation that accompanies reading a good book, it’s
possible that the subject you read about can bring about immense inner
peace and tranquility.
texts can lower blood pressure and bring about an
immense sense of calm, while reading self-help books has been shown to
help people suffering from certain mood
disorders and mild mental illnesses.
many of us like to buy books so we can annotate them and dog-ear pages for
future reference, they can be quite pricey.
low-budget entertainment, you can visit your local
library and bask in the glory of the countless
tomes available there for free. Libraries have books on every subject
imaginable, and since they rotate their stock and constantly get new
books, you’ll never run out of reading materials.
you happen to live in an area that doesn’t have a local library, or if
you’re mobility-impaired and can’t get to one easily, most libraries have
their books available in PDF or ePub format so you can read them on your
e-reader, iPad, or your computer screen.
are also many
sources online where you can download free
e-books, so go hunting for something new to read!
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, street
lit, or romance novels, there’s something out there to capture your
curiosity and imagination.
away from your computer for a little while, crack open a book, and
replenish your soul for a little while.