5 Reasons you should read – especially before bed:
With the stress of work, college and life, we become so busy that we start thinking of reading as a luxury. We go to bed hoping to get the most hours of sleep before the next day starts.
I’ve been there. Since starting college 5 years ago, I haven’t read a book that’s not related to architecture or even that’s not a requirement at some course. For the last few days, I felt the need to just hold a book, lie down in bed and read. That’s when I realized what I’ve been missing.
Reading a book can be very beneficial whether intellectually or personally.
1. It reduces stress
When reading a book, we get so caught up in the story that we forget everything around us. It’s one of the very few times during the day where you completely forget about your concerns. This is a necessity to each and every one of us as every one has his own problems during the day that affects their mood and attitude. Reading before bed allows you to maintain this mental relief, fall asleep easier and have a good night sleep.
2. It widens and triggers the imagination and knowledge
Honestly, I’ve never read a book -whether I liked it or not- that didn’t teach me something. This helps broaden and change your view on some aspects of life. And here let me mention the importance of reading a book before watching the movie, if it exists, because this reduces your ability to imagine. Being a creative person, I consider this a very important element when reading. Everything you read fills your head with information, and you never know when it might come in handy.
3. It enhances your language, vocabulary and writing
Being eloquent is very important, whether you’re meeting someone for the first time, talking to someone on the phone or being interviewed for a job. It boosts self-confidence and self-esteem and allows you to express your thoughts in a more accurate and interesting way. Professionally, you are more qualified to get a job or get a promotion than those with smaller vocabularies and lack of awareness of literature, scientific breakthroughs and global events.
4. It stimulates your brain
Our brain is like every other muscle in the body, keeping it strong and healthy is a must for it not to lose power. Studies have shown that keeping your mind engaged and stimulated can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Since most of us don’t enjoy board games anymore, or simply don’t find the time for them, we luckily have the alternative of reading a book.
5. It increases analytical thinking skills
Have you realized that every time you read a story, you try to solve the case and predict its ending? Imagine that from the simple reading of a book, your analytical thinking has been stimulated. You absorbed the information, related events, noticed flaws and solved the problem. The more you read, the more you are equipped to tackle any challenge that comes your way or simply to analyze any situation you face.
There are plenty of book genres out there. Whether you’re a fan of love stories, sci-fi, biographies, classical literature, poetry, fashion, self-hep guides, etc. there is always something to satisfy your taste and capture your curiosity. Step away from the computer and open a book. No excuses.
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