In this era of social networking and instant messaging, many of us have forgotten to read. The human brain is a mine of information. We should frequently delve into it to know what resources are hidden in it. A proven method to achieve this is to read, and to read regularly. Regular reading offers many benefits and here are some of them.
1. Learning a New Language
This is arguably one of the best things to happen when you read books. Authors have their own style of writing and expressing their thoughts through the use of language. By regularly reading books you improve your grammar, vocabulary, and learn about different styles of writing. This is especially true when you’re new to a language.
For example, if English is not your first language, try picking books that are written in simple language. You may even ask for help from your local librarian who I am sure would be glad to help you.
Make a habit of:
- Writing down unfamiliar words.
- Look into the dictionary to understand their meaning.
- Noting usage of grammar.
- Noting spellings and punctuation usage.
2. Helps Snap Out Of Your Slump
When people get depressed it is obvious that they are down and out of their spirits. Depression can be a serious issue and can interfere in your daily life.
Many people suffering from the condition vouch that reading books help ease out their feeling of loneliness and hopelessness because some books have the power to help people break out of it.
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How many times have you made up your mind to achieve a certain personal goal and simply don’t have the courage or inspiration to do it? Some people want to lose weight but simply don’t have the motivation to do it. Then some of them want to setup their own small business but are afraid of failure.
To help you with this, you could read success stories of people who achieved extraordinary feats in spite of repeated failures. Read how they worked around their problems.
The name itself suggests what these books are all about. If you want to get or enhance certain skills that you desire then go for self-improvement books.
There are many books available in the market written by very prominent authors that could help you learn tricks of a new trade or enhance your skills.
Self-improvement books help you achieve your milestone without having to leave the comfort of your couch or reading table.
5. Edge Over Your Competition
You might be wondering how reading books helps you get advantage over your competition at work or business. Well, it really depends on what kind of books you read. If you are looking for that much awaited promotion at work then reading books that help you enhance your existing knowledge about your domain may help you.
For instance, if you’re a web designer, then reading a book about the latest software used in your business might help you get that promotion earlier than the others. It could also open new avenues such as a position change from a web designer to a trainer.
6. Helps you think rationally
Regularly reading helps you think rationally. When it comes to solving problems that require rational thinking it is better to improve your understanding by reading books that promote this faculty.
- Thinking, fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman.
- Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality by Eliezer Yudkowsky.
- Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely
- The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
7. Improves Knowledge
This is undoubtedly one of the best benefits of reading books regularly. The habit of reading would help you immensely in building your knowledge base about various subjects. There is no such knowledge that cannot be acquired through reading.
Reading a history book gives you valuable inputs on issues that happened before and what lessons can be learnt from them or how can a solution for a problem used previously affect your present situation. Reading a book about stock markets can give you information about how the stock markets work and how you can benefit from it.
8. Break Your Routine
If you are back from work after a tiring, long and stressful day pick some light reads to liven your mood and relieve that pressure. Books definitely have a therapeutic effect on stress levels that otherwise play havoc on our lives.
- If you haven’t already you could read classic books by P.G. Wodehouse.
- Then We Came To The End by Joshua Ferris
- Screenburn by Charlie Brooker.
- Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding.
9. Helps Bring About A Paradigm Shift
Books, while being informative and educative, also help you break certain notions. Many of us are conditioned on various subjects from childhood and they dictate how we perceive things in general.
For instance, if you had a belief about a certain cultural aspect of a country, reading a book about that country could help you change your attitude towards it. Moreover, you can authoritatively speak about the subject when required.
Electronic books have gained a lot of popularity these days. The advantage of an e-book is that you can take it wherever you want without the hassle of taking books with you. It also saves you a lot of money from purchasing books or getting them from a library.
Electronic devices such as Kindle have revolutionized this area. It offers cheap downloadable books when compared to paperbacks. It also means that there is no excuse for you not reading when travelling!