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Importance and benefits of reading books!

 


Growing up we all have learned basic skills and out of all the skills, our ability to read is the most significant. Whatever you read, it ends up enlightening you. And when it comes to books, each book that you read is an opportunity to learn something new. By reading you can broaden your vocabulary, improve your writing skills, train your mind, enhance your wellness, lower stress, and most important thing you can discover something new about yourself. 


Why is reading important?


It has been said that a person who can read can educate themselves in any field of life they'd like to. In this modern era, everything is flooding with fresh information. And reading is the best way to clarify and relate to further information. 


Although you can find it easier to watch a Youtube video or listen to a podcast, reading still tastes the cake when it comes to comprehension and enhancing your education. 


What are the benefits of reading books? 


If you are a bookworm, you already know many of the benefits of reading books. And if you are not then you are reading the right article. Mentioned below are some of the benefits of reading books:-


I) Improves Concentration

Reading requires concentration, time, and patience. In simple words, reading forces you to use your brain. According to One World Literacy Foundation, "when you read, you need to reason things out that are unfamiliar to you."


II)  Broaden Vocabulary 

If you read, you uncover new words, that allow understanding on a greater level. If you read an hour per day, you'll end up exposing yourself to approx 4 million words in a year. Isn't it amazing?


III) Reduces Stress

According to a study by Sussex University, reading can reduce stress by 68%. When you read you involve your mind in reading, which takes away your focus from all the worries.  


David Lewis​ (a cognitive neuropsychologist) said, “It doesn’t matter what book you read. By losing yourself in a thoroughly engrossing book you can escape from the worries and stresses of the everyday world and spend a while exploring the domain of the author’s imagination.”


IV) Makes You A Better Communicator

When you learn new vocabulary, you become a far better communicator. With all the new vocabulary, you'll know which word is right for which context. For example, when you feel bad, it can be anything like you are feeling hungry, you have a fever, you have a headache, etc. But if you say that I am feeling bad then you are not specifying the feelings, which results in another person not understanding what are you going through. In that case, your vocabulary can help, that you learn by reading.


V) It Helps Your Writing

With all the creativity, vocabulary, and communication skills gained from reading, imagine what you can do with your writing skills. By reading other's work you can experience their way of explaining a feeling or certain situation. Hence, you learn how to use other writers' experiences to improve yours.


VI) Reading Improves Empathy

Empathy is being able to put yourself in someone's else shoes. Reading fiction or non-fiction can bring you as close as you'll ever be in someone"s shoes. Studies have shown that readers have a better sense of empathy. 



There is a saying, “Books are man's best friend.” I believe every one of us should follow this and start reading.