At school, children are forced to read books and most of them would prefer to play video games. Once they leave school they might never go near a book again. Are you one of those people who decided they would quit reading for good once you walked out the school gates for the last time?
Maybe you made a mistake because there are a few reasons why reading will help improve your life. If it could change you for the better would you find the courage to pick up another book? Let’s look at exactly what you’d be letting yourself in for.
It will help reduce stress
Once you start reading you will feel yourself enter some kind of meditative trance because you won’t be able to take your eyes away from the book. All of the horrible thoughts inside your head will disappear and it will allow you some freedom. If you read a lot your head will be a lot more relaxed on a regular basis and you will find that you don’t get stressed as easily in any area of your life.
You will become more intelligent
This one might be a little obvious, so you have to ask yourself why more people don’t read on a regular basis. Why do people choose to be less intelligent? If you read a lot of books you learn about things nobody else knows. You don’t even need to read non-fiction books because you can sometimes learn just as much from a fiction one.
You’ll have a bigger vocabulary
Once you start reading more books you will notice something strange happening. When you speak to people you will have a lot more vocabulary to choose from. You will be able to articulate your thoughts more clearly. People will assume that you know what you are talking about and it could help you achieve more in life because you’ll get more respect.
A better writer lives inside you
Most of us have to write on a daily basis. You don’t have to be a novelist or a journalist to put pen to paper. If you’re writing an update for your boss they will look more favorably on a well-written email. When you write a reply to a customer question they will learn more because you knew how to construct a clear message.
It lets you dream
We all have magical dreams and we want to change the world. If you could do anything right now do you know what it would be? When you lose yourself in a book you can let your imagination run wild and for a few hours you can be anything you want to be. Even if you don’t attempt to conquer the world once you stop reading you will still get to live out your dreams inside your head.
Stimulate your creativity
I bet you have lots of ideas locked away inside your brain and they can’t find their way out. When you read a book you don’t have to discover an idea because of certain words written on a page. Once you enter a trance-like state your subconscious mind will be throwing out amazing ideas every few minutes. You will also be more creative in general and you will see things that weren’t there before.
You will never get bored
How often do you find yourself with nothing to do? Once you start reading you will never get bored again. Anyone can read and you don’t even need to buy any books. You can just go to the library because they always have a huge collection on offer. Carry a book about with you and you can read it wherever you go.
About The Author:
Nouvelle Hollande is a writer for Meanjin, one of the most prominent Australian literary journals & magazines. He believes in the saying, “If it’s legible, it’s readable” and has a vast collection of books in his personal library. He is an avid blogger and a book critic and reviews new releases in his articles.