Tuesday, June 2, 2009

10 Benefits of Reading...

10 Benefits
of Reading...

Reading is an active mental process
: Unlike sitting in front of the idiot box (TV), reading makes you use your brain. While reading you would be forced to reason out many things which are unfamiliar to you. In this process you would use the grey cells of your brain to think and become smarter.

Reading improves your vocabulary
: Remember in elementary school when you learned how to infer the meaning of one word by reading the context of the other words in the sentence? You get the same benefit from book reading. While reading books, especially challenging ones, you will find yourself exposed to many new words you wouldn’t be otherwise.

Gives you a glimpse into other cultures and places of the world
: How would you know about the life of people in Mexico if you don’t read about it? Reading gives you an insight into the diversity of ethnicity of people, their customs, their lifestyles etc. You become more aware about the different places and the code of conduct in those places.

Improves concentration and focus
: It requires you to focus on what you are reading for long periods. Unlike magazines, Internet posts or e-Mails that might contain small chunks of information, books tell the whole story. Since you must concentrate in order to read, like a muscle, you will get better at concentration.

Builds self-esteem
: The more you read, the more knowledgeable you become. With more knowledge comes more confidence. More confidence builds self-esteem. So it’s a chain reaction. Since you are so well read, people look to you for answers. Your feelings about yourself can only get better.

Improves memory
: Many studies show if you don’t use your memory, you lose it. Crossword puzzles are an example of a word game that staves off Alzheimer’s. Reading, although not a game, helps you stretch your memory muscles in a similar way. Reading requires remembering details, facts and figures and in literature, plot lines, themes and characters.

Improves your discipline
: Making time to read is something we all know we should do, but who schedules book reading time every day? Very few… That’s why adding book reading to your daily schedule and sticking to it, improves discipline.

Improves creativity
: Reading about diversity of life and exposing yourself to new ideas and more information helps to develop the creative side of the brain as it imbibes innovation into your thinking process.

You always have something to talk about
: Have you ever found yourself in an embarrassing situation where you didn’t have anything to talk about? Did you hate yourself for making a fool of yourself? Do you want a remedy for this? It’s simple. Start reading. Reading widens your horizon of information. You’ll always have something to talk about. You can discuss various plots in the novels you read, you can discuss the stuff you are learning in the business books you are reading as well. The possibilities of sharing become endless.

Reduces boredom
: One of the rules I have is if I am feeling bored, I will pick up a book and start reading. What I’ve found by sticking to this is that I become interested in the book’s subject and stop being bored. I mean, if you’re bored anyway, you might as well be reading a good book, right?

So now dear friends off I go to read. Come back soon for the winners of the audio book No Matter What. Have a great night! ♥ Hugs!


Erin said...

This is a great list! I love it!

Sugar Boogers & Tantrums said...

I made it. Great books!!

rachel said...

What a great new blog, Shauna! I just love reading too :)

perilloparodies said...

I was "sold" on reading in 5th grade, but LOVE your list, and LOVE that amazing piece of art of the girl reading. Lovely, just lovely!!! Will be back soon, so soon.

Such fun!!! Sorry I missed the Joyce Meyer Book giveaway, but looking forward to other future posts. :-) have a great day!!!


Jenny said...

Thanks to you I actually read a book!! I havent read a book for quite some time..I think I might even try it again!!

Anita said...

What a wonderful list! I've loved to read ever since the first grade and it's safe to say I am a certified bibliophile!

Lisa Loo said...

I loved your list and thoughts. I have a deep passion for books and reading. As I have gotten older though, I notice that my ability to focus has gone down significantly and so I have started to take notes while I read ANYTHING--so as to try and bring back my focus and memory! I love this blog and all the hard work you do to bring it here---thanx!

Donna said...

I like this list. Those are all very good reasons for reading. Hooray for books! :)

Rachel said...

Great list! Thanks for posting!

Cadance said...

yep....I ♥ to read....even if it is just kids books!!! with pictures!!! LOL!

Linna said...

I agree. Reading is so much fun.

A Reader said...

This is a great post! I will try to remember some of the points when non readers ask me why I read so much.