Many people wonder the need and importance of reading. Reading is considered important for a number of reasons. Also, keep in mind that you will need to struggle with the reading skills and it is not a sign of low intelligence. It is not important for you to read only books, you may choose to read newspapers, magazines, articles, or blogs of your interests.
Following are some of the significant benefits of reading. Have a look.
- Mental Stimulation
It has been found that staying mentally motivated, can help in the prevention of Alzheimer’s Dementia. This is because keeping your mind active and engaged will help in preventing power loss. As other muscles of the body need some kind of relaxation, even the brain needs exercise to stay healthy and strong. So, the phrase, “Use it or lose it”, probably works rightly when it comes to your mind. Playing puzzles and games have also been found beneficial with rational stimulation.
- Stress Reduction
No matter how much stress you are having at work, in your personal relationships or other issues in your daily routine, all of them slip away when you are completely engrossed in a great story. A well-written novel will surely help in transporting you to other realms, whereas an engaging article will disturb you. Thus, choose a reading task to let all your worries drain away, and allowing you to relax.
Anything you read, somehow or the other gets into your head and becomes handy in no time. Make sure the more knowledge you have, the better equipped you are to face any challenge that comes your way. Besides this, always remember that you may find yourself in dire circumstances, you may lose your job, possessions, money but your knowledge can never be taken away.
- Vocabulary Extension
It is obvious that the more you read, the more words you will come across and without any doubt, they will make their way in your personal dictionary. Being articulate and well-spoken really helps in any profession. This can help you to boost and enhance your self-esteem. This may even be beneficial for you in your career as the ones who are well-read, well-spoken tend to receive promotions than the ones who have the least knowledge of literature and global events. Reading books also helps people to learn new languages.
- Memory Improvement
When you start reading a book, you need to make sure the mixture of different characters, their correct usage, backgrounds etc. and the various arcs that form their way through every story. Reading helps you to relate different words according to the situations.
- Stronger Analytical Thinking Skills
Have you ever read an interesting mystery novel and solved it by yourself before completing the book? If so, you were able to make use of the critical and analytical thinking skills rightly and successfully. This same ability can be used to determine if a written piece was of a good storyline, properly developed etc.
Also, try to discuss such things with your companions, as you will be able to get a clear opinion.
- Improved Focus and Concentration
Todays’ world is crazy for the internet. In a single span of 5 minutes, an average person will try to manage work, check emails, and chat with one or two friends, this sometimes leads to rise in the level of stress that further reduces the productivity level.
At the time of reading a book, all your attention is just on the story and the rest of the surroundings don’t matter at that time. You can try and read for about 20 minutes before you leave for work. You will be able to see an immense change once you get back to work. This means that reading can help one to stay focused.