12 Ways The Habit of Reading Can Improve Your Life

Habit of reading is one of the best traits that a man can boast. Books not only aid readers to acquire knowledge but also inspire them to follow what is right and what is humane. Books have a purpose and that is so not to titivate your book-shelf exclusively. It’s not the reading of the classics of a language you should be going for just yet, it’s merely the discovery of the joy in reading that will do.

1. Reading Improves memory

When you read a book, you have to remember an assortment of characters, their backgrounds, ambitions, histories, and nuances, as well as the various arcs and sub-plots that weave their way through every story. By reading a written description of an event or a place, your mind is responsible for creating that image in your head, instead of having the image placed in front of you when you watch television.

2. Reading Improves Your Imagination

You are only limited by what you can imagine, and the worlds described in books, as well as other peoples views and opinions, will help you expand your understanding of what is possible. By reading a written description of an event or a place, your mind is responsible for creating that image in your head, instead of having the image placed in front of you when you watch television.

3. Reading leads you to reduce stress

No matter how much stress you are going through at work, in your personal life or anywhere else, reading a good story can help you take your mind off these difficult situations. A well-written novel can transport you to other realms, while an engaging article will distract you and keep you in the present moment, letting tensions drain away and allowing you to relax.

4. Reading Develop Your Verbal Abilities

Although it doesn’t always make you a better communicator, those who read tend to have a more varied range of words to express how they feel and to get their point across. This increases exponentially with the more volumes you consume, giving you a higher level of vocabulary to use in everyday life.

5. Reading Improves Your Focus and Concentration

Unlike blog posts and news articles, sitting down with a book takes long periods of focus and concentration, which at first is hard to do. Being fully engaged in a book involves closing off the outside world and immersing yourself into the text, which over time will strengthen your attention span.

6. Reading leads you to a good night’s sleep

A lot of people find that reading can help them unwind and relax at night, it can help you to drift off to sleep more easily, because you’re leaving behind your troubles of the day as you allow your immersion in your book to relax you.  Reading for some time before bed makes your body and brain ready for sleep.  Nothing better than a good night story after all the hectic humdrum, right?

7. Reading is low maintenance

Reading is not an extravagant undertaking. It’s a simple activity which you can perform anytime you want. Nor does it hurt your pocket. So the next time you’re grabbing coffee or visiting the botanical park, don’t forget to fetch the copy of a book you’ve ‘always wanted to read’.

8. Reading Can Help You Solve Your Problems

Many of the answers and solutions to our problems can be found or solved by reading and learning and now with the advancement of technology and the internet, websites and e-books the wealth of knowledge and information is limitless and readily available to us all at the touch of a button. Other benefits of reading as far as your emotional well-being and your physical health is concerned are, it can give you some rest bite from the worries and anxieties of modern day life. 

9. Reading inspires you

When you read books you come to terms with people who have lived before you and who have faced the same problems as you. You get to know how they have dealt with the crises in their lives. In reality, a book can be rightly termed as the microcosm of the world we live in. Fiction deals primarily with human nature, so how can Joyce not inspire you?

10. Reading gives you topics to talk about

So you’re on a date and you’re done with the initial pleasantries. A bibliophile can now talk about the last book he has read or about the one he’s currently reading. Who can refute that intelligence is a turn on? You’ll notice how impressed your date is with your smartness. Besides, this will also help you know if the two of you are in the same page. Just saying!

11. Reading will boost your self-esteem

A person who is well read is a scholar, revered and looked up to. And if you’re one such learned person, you can’t help feeling good about yourself. And why wouldn’t you? Such kinds of accomplishment heighten your sense of self because you’ve not emerged as another run of the mill person.

12. Reading will help you set a good example to others

You may get inspiration from books and someone else may be inspired by you. How brilliant would that be? Life is repeatedly measured in terms of how much good we do to others. But you can inspire another human being (to read) only when you have sufficiently and painstakingly trod on the same path and continue doing so.

I expect the list must have come as an eye opener to many. And I do hope that my voice will impel you to take up your long lost friend, drive away the wide layer of dust and getaway at length.On the contrary, for developing a habit of reading, consistency is rudimentary. I don’t mean to daunt your spirits, but when you read a book (or books that are prescribed as a part of your academic curriculum) doesn’t overlap the habit of reading books. It’s a habit you’re mindful about and stick by regularly. Only then will you be able to reap the harvest you have sown. Good luck to you!

See Also: 20 books everyone should read before turning 30

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