Everyone who knows me knows that I love to read. I try to read every day as much as I can. I try to finish at least one book every week and so far I’ve managed to do that, more or less. It helps that all those around me; friends and family, all read as well. In my family, we have an informal book club with meetings every week and it becomes our bonding time since we don’t all live in the same city. When I hang out with my friends too, the conversation naturally goes to books that we’ve recently read. I have many personal reasons why I read but here are the top five reasons why you should.
Reading is a great way to increase and enhance your knowledge of wealth. Whether you’re reading magazines, newspapers, or books you absorb some information that might come in handy into the future. Knowledge is one of those things that can never be taken from you. You might lose all your material possessions, but the knowledge you accumulate in life will stay with you for a long time.
Reading introduces you to new words and their contextual use. For me, this is the best way to learn new words. Many people might say they wish to be more articulate and they might seek professional help through studying or some online tutorial. But personally, I would recommend just to read daily. Read as often as you can. Read whatever you can. Reading is the best way to learn big words or new words that young people are so fond of using these days.
If you are someone who wants to keep their memory intact throughout your life, then reading will be your greatest tool to preserve that. Reading exercises your brain to hold information like characters, plot points, history, backgrounds, and other details of the story. A book holds so much information that you have to acquaint yourself to understand the plot. And because memory is like a muscle, it needs constant stimulation to stay strong and functional.
Personally, this is one reason why I read. When I am feeling particularly stressed at work or during the day, I like to indulge in a little escapism through adventure tales, science fiction, or historical accounts. It is a great way to forget what is troubling you and could even provide a different perspective to help you solve your problem. Reading is also a relaxing activity. All you need is a comfortable spot, a good book, and hours to spend. A little tip, hot tea makes the whole reading experience even better.
5. Calm the Mind
Through all that I’ve mentioned above, this is my number one reason why I read every day. I suffer from bouts of depression and anxiety. I’ve tried all possible ways to address and resolve it except medication. Through all that, it was only through reading and getting lost in other worlds and in other people’s stories that I am able to calm my troubled mind.
Kerry Brooks is a passionate blogger who loves to write about travel, books, personal development, lifestyle, productivity, and more. She spends her spare time reading adventure, fantasy and mystery stories. Everything she talks about ends in books! Click to read more about her favorite adventure stories.