Many of us do not find reading books as a fun activity. Maybe because we have never made it a habit and now that we’re working, we just don’t find time for it. Therefore, we unintentionally miss the opportunity of what books can offer. Books are works of literature with different genres just like movies; love and relationship, horror, comedy, etc. What’s good about this is you picture out your own interpretation of the characters and sceneries through your imagination.
If I’ve not convinced you yet, here are some great reasons to pick up a book regularly:
Knowledge is power and one of the advantages of reading a book, magazine or article is to help you expand your awareness and increase your intellect. Our minds are always seeking for information. Our brain is a never ending processing machine and to prevent it from growing old, it needs feeding and nourishing with a few new information every once in a while.
Reading always gives you something to talk about with other people, whether you’re discussing a book you’ve read with someone who’s read it or is interested in it, or talking about world or local events you’ve read about in newspapers or magazines. Reading provides you with insights about other cultures which can be useful when travelling.
Our habit of reading relieves us from stress and anxiety. In addition, it also makes our brain recharge from too much thinking and pressure. It works as a relieving pill for our tired mind. Regular reading strengthens our reading muscle and keeps the mind fresh.
If you spend long periods of time by yourself and you’re fed up of watching TV, then reading can be a great way of beating 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 out by sticking to this is that I become interested with the book’s content even if a particular book isn’t enticing to read in the beginning. If you have nothing to do, might as well read, right?
When life feels like it’s all getting too much, escaping into a book for half an hour can really make a difference in your mood. The great thing about reading a book is that it’s something that can completely absorb your mind. You’ll find out that you can often tune out on the background chatter on a train, or the TV screaming on the other side of the room.
Books can also be vastly entertaining. You might be reading a thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat or a sci-fi novel that sets out a brilliantly imaginative view of the future. Don’t dismiss books as less entertaining and exciting than television shows and movies. Words can do things which images and sound can’t. They can take us deep into the character’s mind and deliver a much deeper, richer story than it is possible in an hour-long episode of your favorite show. And, of course, books don’t break off every fifteen minutes for a commercial.
Reading books require brain power. 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. Reading a book for long a time is a great deed of focus and by regular reading, one can improve focus and concentration which is helpful to achieve tasks perfectly. Reading also improves memory as we need to remember what we have read the previous day which gives a great boost to improve memory.
Yes, there are a lot of reasons to read books. Nonetheless, it also can help to make you more confident in talking to people from different places, with different interests, since you’re more knowledgeable. Our habits of regular reading make us more confident and improve our knowledge to a larger extent. Entering into a world of fictional characters and their problems also lets you “tune out” the chatter in your own mind.