It’s no secret that the most successful people in the world read at least an hour every single day. It’s also no secret that the most unsuccessful people read the least if they even manage to pick up a book.
Through my years I’ve gone through so many ups and downs when it comes to the habit of reading. I could spend days, even weeks immerse in a book just to finish it and not touch another book for another year. It was till recently I sat down and counted all the books that I have read in my whole life. The list came to about 50 books. 50 BOOKS! I was bewildered. Ashamed. I wanted to go back in time and tell myself the many benefits of reading books that I was missing out of.
With that in mind I decided to research the most spoken and documented research done about reading. And here are the top 5 benefits I found repeated over and over.
1. Reading Makes You Smarter
Reading makes you smarter, plain and simple. You add years of experience to your life without even getting out of your room. You probably won’t get any wisdom out of readings books, since wisdom comes after putting what you read to practice, but at least reading will take you half of the way.
Books also offer an outstanding wealth of learning at a relative cheap price. You won’t get into debt like you would after going to university and yet it has similar impact in your life’s education or even more.
2. Improves Your Focus and Concentration
Do you have any idea how much focus and concentration is required to sit down and read, I challenge you now to go and try it, 5 minutes can seem like hours, specially if you are not used to reading. I can definitely tell you from experience that sitting down to read has been one of the most challenging things I have ever done in my life.
I still remember the countless times I felt asleep after reading for just a few minutes. The simple act of sitting down to read does more that meets the eye when it comes to improving all the other areas of your life that requires you to focus while keeping a laser beam concentration in your day-to-day goals.
3. It Improves Your Imagination
You are only limited by what you can imagine. This statement cannot be more on point. Reading forces you to put a picture to what you are reading, the mind does this naturally. If I ask you to recall the specific words of what you last read you probably won’t stand a chance at remembering what you read, but you will definitely remember a bunch of images the text made you imagine as you read.
That’s how the brain is able to keep so much information, by replacing everything with pictures, even smells have pictures, your brain is amazing at this and the more you read the more efficient your brain becomes at imagination.
4. Strengthens Your Verbal Abilities
I am definitely a living proof of this benefit. When I was younger I used to read books like crazy, and was always very well spoken at an early stage of my life, though I saw a massive drop on my vocabulary when I moved to another country and had to learn another language. All the words I learned went down the drain since a lot of spanish words don’t translate to english, that said, there are plenty that do and I can still see people’s faces when I drop one of those fancy words in the conversation.
The most important benefit I saw in expanding my vocabulary is the ease and accuracy which you can express yourself and give a clearer picture of what you mean to whoever is listening to you. This will help anyone in any professional environment as well as anywhere where there are people.
It will also make you a more interesting person since it gives you many topics to talk about since the more you read the more exposed you are to different life experiences, be your own or someone elses, there is no difference since the mind has trouble picking them apart.
5. It Improves Your Memory
When you read, your mind has to keep track of a lot of information from the book you are reading. You have to remember characters, their backgrounds, ambitions, history, and nuances, as well as the various themes and sub plots and many more details that go into a book. That’s a lot to remember, nevertheless brains are amazing at remember these things with relative ease. Every new memory you create forges new synapses (brain pathways) and strengthens existing ones, which assists in short-term memory as well as long-term memory. How cool is that?
Reading is the most powerful way of learning after first hand experiences.
You know how many great minds have lived in this world and have dedicated a huge chunk of their lives just to the sole purpose of passing their knowledge to the world.
A book is one of the most powerful instruments a human being posses. Not his mind, that often gets in its way clouding it with useless thoughts, Not his body that decays and is so expensive to maintain. But a book. Words. Put together in a perfect way to illustrate, inspire, empower the human mind, and body. To let the mind wander in its pages and experience life through someone else’s eyes.