Stress is a growing challenge in our daily life. Research by Sussex University has shown that six minutes of silent reading can reduce stress rates by 68 per cent. Reading usually works better and quicker than other approaches like listening to music, going for a walk, or sitting down for a cup of coffee. Here is why reading is good for you.
Anything you’re reading fills your mind with new bits of knowledge, so you never know when it’s handy. The more experience you have, the more well-equipped you will be to tackle every challenge you will ever encounter.
Additionally, here’s a bit of thought: if you’re ever in desperate situations, note that even though you can lose everything else from your life, your possessions, your money, even your health, information can never be taken away.
Stronger Logical Thinking Skills
Have you ever read an excellent mystery novel, and solved the mystery before you finished the book? If so, by taking note of all the information given and sorting them out to decide “whodunnit,” you might put logical and analytical thinking to work
When criticizing the plot, the same ability to evaluate information often comes in handy; evaluating if it was a well-written work if the characters were well-formed if the storyline was running smoothly, etc.
Better Writing Skills
This goes hand in hand with the vocabulary expansion: exposure to published, well-written work has a noted impact on one’s own writing, as studying other authors’ cadence, fluidity, and writing styles would inevitably influence one’s own work.
Just as musicians influence each other and painters to use techniques developed by previous masters, so writers learn how to compose prose by reading other people’s works.
Studies have shown that remaining mentally stimulated will delay the development of Alzheimer’s and Dementia (or possibly even prevent it), because keeping the brain active and activated stops it from losing control.
Just like any other muscle in the body, the brain needs exercise to keep it strong and safe, and when it comes to the mind, the term “use it or lose it” is particularly appropriate. It has also been found that doing puzzles and playing games such as chess helps with cognitive stimulation.
The more you read, the more words you are exposed to, and they will eventually join your daily vocabulary.
Being articulate and well-spoken is a great benefit in every career, and realizing you can talk with self-confidence to the higher-ups can be a massive boost to your self-esteem. It might also help in your career, because those who are well-read, well-spoken, and knowledgeable about a variety of topics appear to get promotions faster (and more frequently) than those with lesser vocabulary and lack of literature understanding, scientific breakthroughs, and global events.
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