I once read that a book has the power to change lives and completely agree: there are many reasons why reading is good for you! Though if you’re all grown, out of school and sick of textbooks, it’s hard to get back into it. It took me a few years after college to really get back into reading regularly. So start now! Read up on the reasons why reading is good for you, and see why you should read more!
1. Broaden Your Vocab
One of the most common known reasons why reading is good for you is that it will help broaden your vocabulary. This is completely true! You’ll learn words in ways you couldn’t sifting through a dictionary. Why? Because you learn the words in context, and you’ll just begin to pick up on them. As you read more, you’ll notice you start to use more complex words right into your everyday language. You astute fox, you!
2. See Different Perspectives
Reading, especially reading fiction, helps you to see different perspectives that are present in life. As you read a novel and connect with the characters, you’re able to watch their habits, actions and thoughts unfold. Reading always makes me take a look at my own life or choices in ways that movies cannot. It’s that fly on the wall feeling about learning from your surroundings... and it’s insightful!
3. Learn about Yourself
As you read and watch characters grow and change in the pages in front of you, you actually have many opportunities to learn about yourself. Reading what an author writes about their character’s feelings when they fought with their friend or mishaps in relationships help you gauge your emotions and the spectrum on which they lie. You often put yourself in the shoes of the character you most connect with, and this connection in turn helps you reflect on your own actions. See if you don't see things a bit more clearly when reading a good book with rich characters.
4. Understand Progression and Change
Reading a story helps you understand progression and change. You know that feeling when you just finish a book and you cannot believe everything the characters went through to come out on top? Reading helps draw the lines and connect the dots from Point A to Point B. It’s a progression of events unfolded, and you get to cherish each one as if you yourself are living it. In your day-to-day, it’s probably easy to forget how quickly things can change over time, or how much progression can actually take place, but reading helps to remind you.
5. Learn a New Skill
If you’re reading a non-fiction book to learn something new or gain knowledge, good for you! Reading is the tried and true way of learning a new skill on your own or soaking up something new. I personally believe that reading often trumps videos when learning. Sometimes, you just need to sit down with a good book and build your understanding--at your own pace! (Not to mention, you can highlight and mark-up your book or iPad page all you want!)
6. Enjoy Your Imagination
Reading is a fantastic way to explore your imagination. When you read, your mind is creating its own image of the characters - where they live, what they’re wearing, what their kids are like… it’s a fantastic way to work your brain and imagination! Not to mention, stretching your imagination like that keeps your creativity pumped!
Reading is a form of true relaxation, almost like meditation. Because you need to focus on the words in front of you to read property, and because you begin building images in your head, you become completely engrossed! It’s a fantastic feeling to escape from the world and drop into a book you’re really enjoying now and then. With a really good book, you’ll see that you look forward to reading it!
So find your next great read and enjoy! What books do you like to read? Do share!