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6 Reasons Why You Must Develop the Habit of Reading Books

Updated on August 11, 2020
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Avyukth is a voracious reader and has been reading since the age of 5.

Introduction

What is the point of being able to read if you don't do it? A study found that the average CEO reads 52 books a year. Warren Buffet reads for 5 to 6 hours every day. So many successful people have attributed their success to their reading habit. Some of them are Bill Gates , Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Mark Cuban and Oprah Winfrey. So what is so special about this seemingly simple habit ? Read on to find out !

Learn from others' experiences

Good decisions come from experience. And experience comes from making bad decisions. In order to learn, mistakes have to be made. But it is not necessary that you learn only from your own mistakes. You can learn from other people's mistakes as well. This will save you a lot of time, energy and pain. Biographies and autobiographies are filled with such valuable information.

Increase Your Knowledge

A book gives tremendous amounts of knowledge. It broadens your perspective. Your view of the world changes. It gives you all the information you require about a certain thing. Having more knowledge gives you an enormous advantage over everyone else. You will be able to speak to people about a wide variety of subjects.

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Improve Your Memory

When you are constantly learning new things, your memory improves. Since the brain has to store a lot more information, it pushes it's capabilities. This is not just with reference to informative books, Even if you are reading a novel you need to remember everything that happens. Especially in a mystery novel. Otherwise the events in the later stages of the book don't make sense.

Spark Your Imagination

There's a misconception that only informative books are useful. People sometimes feel that reading novels is a waste of time. But this is far from the truth. Novels require you to imagine every single scene. As you are reading the brain is constantly working on constructing images out of the words. This engages your right brain which is responsible for creativity. Your imagination and creativity significantly improve. Here are two genres of books that are fun and productive at the same time.

Mystery

Mysteries are known to be the best books to keep your brain sharp. They keep your curiosity alive. You constantly keep thinking of different scenarios. You keep exploring different possibilities. You start paying more attention to every line and every word. You are looking for clues that might help you solve the crime. In most cases, you start thinking like a detective.

Fantasy

Fantasy novels are set in a different world. The visuals that are described don't even exist in our world. So you have no reference. You have to build the image all by yourself. In the process of reading a novel, you have created images of an entirely different world in your head. This does wonders for your imagination.

Improve Your Vocabulary

Vocabulary is one of the key pillars of communication. This includes verbal and written mediums. A person's communication skills play a huge role in his success. Have you ever had that moment where you want to convey something but can't seem to find the right word ? This is a very commonly faced problem.

The best way to overcome this is through reading. The best part is that you won't have to put in extra efforts. Contrary to what some people say, I don't write down new words and consciously learn them. When I don't know the meaning of a word, I just look for it. Later, it just naturally becomes a part of my vocabulary.

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Develop Laser Sharp Focus

Firstly, reading is not like watching television. It requires concentration. We live in a world filled with distractions. The internet and social media have opened up various possibilities. Now we have so many things to worry about at the same time. I believe that my generation has lost it's ability to concentrate on one thing at a time. This is another reason we need to read books. It improves your ability to stay focused for long periods of time.

Consistency

It is very important to read regularly. If you only read once in a while, the whole purpose is lost. I used to be a very inconsistent reader. There have been times when I have finished 10 books in a 10 day stretch. In between I hadn't read a book in almost a year. This is a very bad habit. Like everything in life, even for your reading habit, consistency is key. Make it a habit to read everyday. Even if it is only for 10 minutes. In fact, I would actually recommend starting with just 10-15 minutes a day. You can slowly work your way up to 1 hour a day or maybe more.

Conclusion

Reading is the best exercise for your brain. It involves all the different functions of the brain. As discussed earlier, it engages your memory, imagination and improves your vocabulary. It is like a comprehensive workout for your brain. The more you read, the sharper your brain becomes. So just pick up a book and start reading it right now.

© 2020 Avyukth Krishna

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    • Avyukth profile imageAUTHOR

      Avyukth Krishna 

      11 months ago from Bangalore

      Hey Ranhita,

      I completely agree with you on this. It's amazing how you read a book but remember the story as images. I had actually stopped reading fiction because I thought it was just for entertainment and served no other purpose. But now, I am definitely getting back to reading novels.

      Thank you for your response !

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      Ranhita Singh 

      11 months ago

      Such a wonderful read, Avyukth. As a child the best thing I did was read several fantasy and fiction books which led my imagination greatly.

      To this day I picture every story narrated or an everyday conversation in my head and it's all because of the excessive reading and imagination as a kid.

      I might want to start reading more thrillers, thanks for the insight.

    • Avyukth profile imageAUTHOR

      Avyukth Krishna 

      11 months ago from Bangalore

      Hello Sowrabha ma'am,

      Thank you for your response. I think having books to read is like having a friend. No matter how you feel, you can always go back there and find solace.

    • Avyukth profile imageAUTHOR

      Avyukth Krishna 

      11 months ago from Bangalore

      Hey Shibangi,

      Thank you so much for your response. I think you feel that I am talking to you because that's how my thought process works. I always imagine myself talking to someone while writing an article. So naturally I form sentences in a way similar to verbal communication. I am really impressed that you have noticed this nuance. I must say that you are a great reader. !

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      sowspeaks 

      11 months ago from Bengaluru

      Hi Avyukth, what a nice article on reading and any reader can testify to all the results they have reaped unconsciously. Reading your article reminded me that there is a book that has been waiting for me for over a week and time to get back.

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      Shibangi Das 

      11 months ago from Paradeep, Jagatsinghpur, Odisha

      When I saw this article of yours, I was like 'oh! that was my idea to write on' but however procrastination was overpowering me. Now I'm completely fine and coming to your article, it was very precise to say. Simple, brief, good reasons for justification, and very useful. I related to the part where you mentioned your reading habit as I am an avid reader too but I also have lost that consistency. The best part of your article is that when someone reads it, it would seem like you are talking to them. That's what kept me hooked till the end. you are an awesome writer. Great job!

    • Avyukth profile imageAUTHOR

      Avyukth Krishna 

      11 months ago from Bangalore

      Thank you for your response Eric. Could you please elaborate? I didn't quite get what you are saying.

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      Eric Dierker 

      11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I liked this except when you go absolute. It kind of ruins it.

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