8 Benefits Why You Should Read Every Day

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When was the last time you read a book, or a substantial article?

We understand that most of us are guilty of centering our daily reading habits on Facebook updates, forwarded messages sent through WhatsApp or the instructions on food packets?

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Well, if you are one of the countless people who doesn’t make reading a regular habit, you might be missing out on the significant benefits of reading.

Let us share with you 8 benefits on why you should read every day, and perhaps you can add this into your 2017 resolution list!

#1 Enhance Your Mental Stimulus

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Studies have shown that staying mentally stimulated can slow the progress of or even prevent Alzheimer and Dementia. This means that keeping your brain active and engaged prevents it from losing power. Just like any other muscle in the body, the brain requires exercise to keep it strong and healthy. Besides reading, doing puzzles, playing games like chess or picking up a musical instrument have also been found to be helpful with cognitive stimulation.

#2 Reduce Stress Level

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Despite the stress you have at work, relationships, finance or countless other issues faced in daily life, it all just slips away when you lose yourself in a great story. A well-written novel can transport you to other realms, while an engaging article will distract you and keep you in the present moment, helping to drain away the tensions and allowing you to relax.

Reading spiritual texts can also lower blood pressure and bring about an immense sense of calm, while reading self-help books has been shown to help people suffering from certain mood disorders, depression and mild mental illnesses.

#3 Increase Your Knowledge

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Everything you read fills your head with new bits of information, and you’ll never know when it might come in handy. The more knowledge you have, the better-equipped you are to tackle any challenge you’ll ever face. Should you ever find yourself in dire circumstances, remember that although you might lose everything else, like your job, your possessions, your money and even your health, rest assure that knowledge can never be taken from you.

#4 Memory Improvement

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When you read a book, you’ll have to remember an assortment of characters including their backgrounds, ambitions, history, and nuances, as well as the various arcs and sub-plots that weave their way through every story. That’s a fair bit to remember, but our brain is marvelous and can remember these things with relative ease. Amazingly enough, every new memory you create forges new synapses, known as brain pathways, and even strengthens existing ones, which assists in boosting our short-term memory recall as well as stabilizing moods. Isn’t that cool?

Bonus Round: Take this fun test to find out How Good Is Your Short-Term Memory?

#5 Develop Stronger Analytical & Problem Solving Skills

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Have you ever read an amazing mystery novel, and solved the mystery yourself before finishing the book (Hint: Detective Conan)? If so, you were able to put critical and analytical thinking to work by taking note of all the details provided and sorting them out to determine “who did it”.

That same ability to analyze details also comes in handy when it comes to critiquing issues or problems arising in our daily lives. Your wisdom can also be enhanced, and you’ll be able to state or express your opinions clearly and communicate effectively.

#6 Improvement in Focus and Concentration

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In our internet-crazed world, we draw attention from a million different directions at once. This is well-known as the effect of “multi-tasking”. In a single 5-minute span, an average person will divide their time between working on a task, checking email, chatting with a couple of people (via WhatsApp, Skype etc.), keeping an eye on Facebook, monitoring their smartphone notifications, and interacting with colleagues. This type of ADD-like behavior causes stress levels to rise, lowers our productivity and reduces our focus on details.

When you read a book or a good article, all of your attention is focused on the story, just like how you’re reading this blog! Surprisingly, the rest of the world just falls away, and you can immerse yourself in every fine detail you’re absorbing. Try reading for 15-20 minutes before work and you’ll be surprised at how much more focused you are once you get to the office.

#7 Better Writing Skills

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Reading goes hand-in-hand with the expansion of your vocabulary. The exposure to published, well-written work has a significant effect on one’s own writing, as observing the cadence, fluidity, and writing styles of other authors will invariably influence your own work. In the same way that musicians influence one another, and designers use techniques established by previous masters, so do writers learn how to craft prose by reading the works of others.

#8 Learn How To Talk Pretty (or Handsome)

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Besides improving your writing skills, reading is the most painless way to improve your vocabulary, spelling, and grammatical proficiency. Did you catch how I just spelled “proficiency” without even looking it up? Yeah. That comes from reading.

The more you read, the more you’ll be able to snicker smugly when your friends post status updates with egregious spelling errors. You can also help by correcting their misuse of common words. Now you can be the Grammatical Tyrant you’ve always dreamed of being. Caution: Just try not to get too extreme about it.

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Therefore, there’s a reading genre for every literate person on the planet. Whether your tastes lie in classical literature, poetry, fashion magazines, biographies, religious texts, young adult books, self-help guides, street lit, or romance novels, there’s something out there to capture your curiosity and imagination. Step away from your computer for a little while, crack open a book, and replenish your soul for a little while.

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