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The 7 Benefits of Reading: Why You Should Read Every Day

Updated on March 4, 2018

When was the last time you took the time to read a book, or a long article in your favorite magazine? Do your reading habits revolve around Facebook, Twitter, or the ingredient list of your instant soup? If you are one of the many people who are not used to reading every day, you are missing out on a lot of good things. Discover quickly the 7 benefits associated with a daily reading.

1. Stimulates the brain

Several studies indicate that mental stimulation can slow the progression (and perhaps even stop it completely) of Alzheimer's disease and dementia. The reason is simple: keeping your brain active prevents it from losing its abilities. Like all other muscles in the body, the brain needs training to stay strong and healthy. The rule "we use it or we lose it" applies perfectly to our brain. Suddenly, games that stimulate our intellect, such as puzzles or chess, are also beneficial to the health of our brain.

2. Decreases stress

Whether it's work-related stress or worries related to your everyday life, it does not matter, reading reduces our state of anxiety. A novel can simply take us to another dimension. An interesting article can distract us. Reading has the capacity to alleviate our anxiety and to relax completely.

3. Improves knowledge

When we read, we fill our brain with new information - and we never know when we will be useful. The more knowledge we have, the better we are equipped to face new challenges. Here is something for you to think about. If you lose everything in your life - your job, your belongings, and even your health - remember that nobody will be able to take away your knowledge.

4. Increases vocabulary

It is a blessing closely related to knowledge: the more we read, the more we discover new words, and the more likely we are to use them in our everyday language. Speaking eloquently and accurately is a valuable professional asset. Being able to communicate with your superiors with confidence is a great way to improve your self-esteem. Enriching one's vocabulary can even advance one's career. Indeed, educated, eloquent people, with knowledge of many different subjects, are more likely to be promoted (and more often) than people with a more restricted vocabulary and limited knowledge of literature. on scientific advances and global news. Reading also has a beneficial effect on learning a foreign language. Reading a book in another language allows you to see words used in context. This improves both writing and speaking.

5. Improves memory

To fully understand a book, one must remember a multitude of information: the characters, their past, their intentions, their experiences, then the nuances, and all the secondary actions that intermingle with the main action. This is a lot of information to remember, but the brain is a miraculous organ that will remember with surprising ease. The most amazing is that each time we form a new memory, we create new synapses (areas of contact between neurons) and solidify existing synapses. This means that reading, by forming new memories, will increase our memory retention capabilities in the short term and has a regulating effect on our mood. Pretty good, right?

6. Develops analysis capabilities

Have you ever read a good little crime novel and figured out who the murderer was even before the end of the book? If so, you have demonstrated good critical and analytical skills: you have synthesized all the details provided to do a real detective job. This ability to analyze the details is also beneficial to criticize the action of a book: it can be judged if it is well written, if the characters are well developed, if the plot runs smoothly, and so on. If one day you have to exchange your opinion on a book with another person, this ability of analysis will allow you to express your opinion in a clear way. Why ? Because you will have analyzed and criticized internally the relevant details during your reading.

7. Improves attention and concentration

In our Internet-based and multi-tasking societies, our ability to concentrate is under attack from all sides. In 5 minutes time, the average person will divide his time between working on 1 task, checking his emails, exchanging messages with several people simultaneously (Facebook, Skype, etc.), reading his Twitter account, checking his smartphone and have a conversation with colleagues! This hyperactive behavior generates stress and slows down productivity. When you read a book, it's the opposite. All our attention is directed to the plot of the book. It's as if the rest of the world is dissolving and you can plunge completely into the details of the story. In the morning, try 15-20 minutes of reading before going to work (on the bus or in the subway, for example). You will be surprised by the positive effect it will have on your level of concentration, once at work.

There is a literary a genre suitable for every person who can read and write. No matter what you prefer: classical literature, poetry, fashion magazines, biographies, spiritual texts or personal development books, etc. There will always be a book that will completely captivate your attention and your imagination.

© 2018 Alan Clark

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