Benefits of Reading for Your Brain, Intellect, and Writing Skills

How Can You Benefit from Reading

Do you read books often? Or probably your daily reading habits focus around Facebook updates and tweets? If you are one of those people who do not read books regularly, the chances are that you are missing out. Reading has multiple benefits. Here are some reasons why you should start reading more often.

It Stimulates Your Brain

According to numerous studies, by being mentally stimulated, one can slow the progress of or possibly even prevent Alzheimer’s and Dementia. This is because when you keep your brain active and engaged, you protect it from losing power. Just like the rest of your body, your brain requires exercise to remain strong and healthy. Doing puzzles and playing intellectual games is also helpful with cognitive stimulation.

Additionally, reading enhances smarts. People who read a lot have higher GPA’s, higher intelligence, and general knowledge than those who do not. Generally, reading makes one smarter, and it keeps a person sharp when he/she ages.

It Reduces Stress

Even if you have a high stress level at work or college, in your personal relationships, or multiple other issues faced in everyday life, it all just slips away once you start reading a great story. An exciting novel can relocate you to another world, letting tensions drain away and helping you to relax.

Fiction is great for this. Reading some fiction before bedtime is just perfect. Though sometimes, it may be really hard to put the book down. Still, you will likely be more relaxed after reading.

What is probably the most important, reading gives great satisfaction to the reader. Do you know the famous phrase, “curling up with books?” It creates an image of a warm and close relationship with the book.

It Improves Knowledge

When you read a lot, you diversify your area of knowledge, providing yourself with an opportunity to participate in fruitful discussion and decision-making processes. Everything you read fills your head with new bits of information, and you cannot foresee when it might be useful. The more knowledgeable you are, the better you can cope with any challenge you will ever face.

Should you ever find yourself in dire circumstances, do not forget that although you might lose anything else — job, possessions, money — knowledge can never be taken from you.

Also, according to studies, reading improves analytical skills. You improve your general knowledge and become able to spot patterns faster. If you can spot patterns faster, your analytical skills enhance.

It Expanses Vocabulary

The more you read, the more words you face, and they will eventually make their way into your daily vocabulary. If a person is articulate and well-spoken, he or she is considered to be a better expert in any profession. And knowing that you can speak to higher-ups confidently can significantly improve your self-esteem. Furthermore, it could even help in your career, since people who are well-spoken and knowledgeable on multiple diverse topics usually get promotions more quickly than those with smaller vocabularies and lack of awareness of literature and other fields of knowledge.

Reading books is also crucial if you are learning foreign languages. This way, non-native speakers gain exposure to words used in context. This refines their own speaking and writing fluency.

It Improves Focus and Concentration

In today’s life, attention is drawn in a thousand various directions at once as every person is multi-tasked every day. On the contrary, when you read a book, you are fully concentrated on the story, and you can immerse yourself in every single detail of the plot.

Tip: Try reading for half an hour before work, and you will likely be amazed at how much more concentrated you are once you get to the office.

It Refines Writing Skills

Reading books of famous authors affects your own writing since observing the cadence, fluidity, and writing styles of other writers will help you develop and improve your own writing style. Just like musicians influence one another and painters use techniques established by previous masters, so do authors learn how to come up with new writing pieces by reading the works of others.

About the author:

Valerie Stone is working for and helps students improve their writing skills. She has been passionate about writing since she was in college. Now, she is an expert in such fields as Arts, Literature, and History. She believes a person should always improve their knowledge and is a fantastic fiction and biography books fan. Valerie has three children, and all of them inherited her passion for reading, which, as she believes, is her merit.