7 reasons why you should start reading!

Updated: Aug 23

If you’re one of the countless people who don’t make a habit of reading regularly, you might be missing out.

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When we make conscious efforts to exercise our body and eat healthily, why should we not do the same for our minds? Feed your mind with positivity and the right knowledge and you will reap the benefits of having a healthy mind. Science has shown that reading has several benefits apart from increasing your knowledge, reducing stress, and stimulating your mind. Reading books are great but what is even better is reading books that are aimed at improving your overall personal development. Finding it difficult to read books due to lack of time? Aim to complete one book every month by dedicating a few hours each week. Here are the few benefits of reading books -

  • Exercises your mind - Reading stimulates your mind by keeping your brain active. It increases blood flow and improves connectivity in the brain.

  • Reduces stress - Reading about something you enjoy lets tensions drain away, helping you relax. It eases tension in your muscles and heart.

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  • Improves your writing skills - When you read, you absorb good writing techniques and vocabulary. This helps you in taking inspiration from the writing styles that grabbed your attention.

  • Improves your conversational skills - Since reading expands your vocabulary, it helps you clearly articulate what you want to say. The knowledge you gain from reading also gives you lots to talk about with others.

  • Makes you self-disciplined - The age of the internet has caused our attention spans to be shorter and shorter. Reading a book, unlike skimming a web page or browsing through social media, forces you to focus.

  • Increases analytical thinking - Reading increases your analytical thinking skills as you start forming opinions of your own, critiquing the book, and determining whether it was well-written.

  • Improves your memory - Reading helps in memory improvement as it helps you remember characters, their backgrounds, ambitions, history, as well as the various arcs and sub-plots.

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