Whether it is your phone, schoolwork, or just the signs on the way to school, everyone reads something on a daily basis. Most people don’t read necessarily because they want to, but because they have to, which is usually not the most enjoyable activity. Reading on your own time for fun can benefit you in many ways, such as the ones listed below.
- Mental stimulation – Multiple studies support the idea that consistently using your brain via activities like reading or completing puzzles improves your chances of not getting Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
- Better health and reduced stress – This harkens back to the previous reason in that reading improves your health. A good book can distract you from problems or things that are troubling you in real life, it can feel like it is teleporting you to a far away land where your troubles become a secondary concern.
- Knowledge gained – This really should go without saying, but reading improves your knowledge of any subject you can think of. In addition to facts like knowing that Washington D.C. was built on a swamp named Foggy Bottom reading can also substantially improve upon your vocabulary and spelling; for instance the word shibboleth is a synonym for story.
- Improved memory – Most books are at least a few hundred pages and that is a lot of stuff to remember so reading on a regular basis can help your memory to sharpen up a bit. The better your memory the less you repeat yourself and the better your memory the less likely you are to get caught lying, but you probably shouldn’t test that particular theory.
- Stronger analytical skills – Reading often can lead to a better ability to analyze situations and understand what’s going on. If you are used to figuring out why a character did something in a book it could pay off and help you understand someone’s actions in real life too.
- Better focus and concentration – If you read books often you know that most places aren’t exactly tranquil and silent to allow you to read free of distraction. If you can focus on a book and ignore other people talking then I feel it helps your concentration and focus on other tasks as well when you aren’t reading.
- Better writing – By reading you are exposed to a huge variety of writing styles and even if you aren’t really trying to your writing will take some of the things you read and copy the technique, which to me seems like a nice way to passively learn an important skill. It essentially boils down to monkey see, monkey do.
- Free entertainment – While books to most people aren’t as great as TV or video games they are fun to read. Most cities in the US have a public library that allows people to check out a large variety of books for free, and free entertainment is the best kind.
By: Jax Kluesner