I was amused to know that reading as little as 10 minutes a day could be one of the best things you could do for yourself! After learning the benefits a regular reader could reap, the next thing I wanted to do was share it with you all!
I know you are wondering what is so great about reading. You will know in a bit.
Many people- learned, wise, old, rich, and successful have time and again only reiterated that books are a man’s best friend.
With the “smart” phones and other gadgets occupying the majority of our time and mental space in our lives, the need to discuss more of books and emphasize its benefits has increased multifold.
Book reading as a regular habit has shown to be one of the most useful activities to promote sound mental health.
Isn’t it amazing that one activity as normal as reading could prevent someone from becoming depressed?
Well, that’s not it. There’s so much more.
Because reading a book requires us to engage in the story and remember the various characters, their plots, and subplots, it is an excellent exercise that stimulates and enhances the memory pathways of our brains thus delaying the memory issues caused due to aging.
Also, getting your hands on a good fiction could transport your thoughts to an entirely different world full of fantasies causing you to forget temporarily all the worries and stresses of your life. It requires you to imagine or even visualize all the characters and their conversations making you feel as if you were literally with them. This works as a great stress reliever that is also claimed to be an activity that works effectively in the process of healing or preventing depression.
As the one who reads regularly experiences different situations and emotions the characters face in the course of the story, the person naturally tends to develop higher sensitivity to the feelings and emotions of the people around them making them more empathetic.
Some research studies also say that reading for some amount of time daily could have effects equivalent to activities like meditation!
Psychologists suggest that parents should spend some time of their day reading along with their kids from a very young age. This way the children develop good communication skills and self-esteem which would later support them to perform better in academics.
Apart from all this, the direct benefits of being a reader exist anyways. Some of them being acquiring good vocabulary and the ability to comprehend well or the development of good literary skills.
Reading a little while before bed is also a good idea because it enables a person to have sound sleep.
As I try to comprehend and streamline all this information, I realize that reading books is probably one of the very few pastimes that have so many benefits apart from its recreational value.
While all this may sound so good and might make you want to read something, I know a question must be striking in many people’s heads – how to start reading something?
I understand not all people relate to the idea of reading regularly.
It’s not everyone’s cup of tea to sit in a corner of the room eyes glued to a book for hours together. Some people might also say that even the idea of reading a book sounds boring.
But trust me, it is not!
Like J.K. Rowling says, “If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.”
I always thought “I don’t understand what is so exciting about reading just a book for so long. The idea just doesn’t sound cool!”
I was not a reader all my life until 3 years ago.
I had attempted to make it a habit to read more often during school and each attempt only made me hate the idea more. I was petrified of all those novels my friends carried in their hands everywhere we went. It always puzzled me how they understood the whole of it while I struggled to make sense out of even the 1-2 pages I attempted to read. The idea of reading only made me more stressed.
Not after I found that one book which made me obsessed with reading.
All I’m trying to say is, if I who was so averted to the thought of reading could make reading a habit, then I bet anyone can do that!
I do not refer to the long fat English novels with complicated words when I talk about reading. It could be one small short story you read in a storybook.
If you are reading this article, you are already on job!
If reading books sounds boring to you, you could choose a blog of a niche that interests you. It doesn’t matter what you are reading as long as you engage your mind and involve in the process of learning from what you read.
One last thing I love about reading is that it could give you the much-required break from binge-watching your favorite shows on Netflix without making you feel bored or bad about it!
How amazing is that!
I think all this certainly establishes the fact that reading could make life a happier one!
So when are you picking up your book!?
If you still do not know where to start…let me know in the comments below and I will recommend some books that you might like to read.
Thank you so much for reading through this.
I’ll see you next Sunday with another post!