The Benefits of Reading: Why You Should Read Every Day.


Whenever you listen to the radio or see a commercial on television, I’m sure at least once a day you hear about the importance of reading to our children. We know how crucial it is that we read daily to the youngsters in our lives, but what about us adults?

When was the last time you read a book, or a substantial magazine article? Do your daily reading habits center around tweets, Facebook updates, or IG posts?

If you’re one of the countless people who don’t make a habit of reading regularly, you might be missing out.

Reading has a significant number of benefits, and here are some reasons to consider.

Mental Stimulation

Studies 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.

Just 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. Not saying you need to read a novel once a month, but reading something daily can help to exercise that sexy muscle you have in that noggin of yours. What else could you do?  Doing puzzles and playing games such as chess have also been found to be helpful with cognitive stimulation.

Stress Reduction

No 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. Both allow tensions drain away enabling you to relax. I find this to be especially true at the end of the day before bed. Turning off all electronics and spending some quiet time reading helps ease me into a better night sleep.

Knowledge

It’s true what they say ”knowledge is power.” How do you get knowledge? Yes, personal experience is fantastic! However, more is needed than just life experiences. Everything 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 challenges you’ll face.

A side point to consider, knowledge is the one thing in life that can never be taken from you. You can lose everything, but no one can take away your knowledge and understanding.

Vocabulary Expansion

This goes with the above topic:

The more you read, the more words you gain exposure to, and they’ll inevitably make their way into your everyday vocabulary.

Being articulate and well-spoken is of great help in any profession, and knowing that you can speak 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.

Tranquility

In 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.

Reading spiritual texts can help aid in lowering blood pressure and bring about an immense sense of calm. Some have said that self-help books assisted them in over covering personal struggles.

Bottom line, there are many reasons as to why reading is beneficial. From being a form of free entertainment, improving our writing, to helping us slow down and focus. Reading has wonderful benefits.

In our internet-crazed world, our attention is drawn in a million different directions at once as we multi-task through every day. Taking just 15 minutes a day to fuel our minds with something more than a screen with updates can do wonders for ourselves.

These are just a few benefits that I listed. What are some things you enjoy about reading? What are you currently reading? Share a comment below with your thoughts on this blog.

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