Top 5 advantages of having a good reading habit in life.
Reading books increases discipline
Our success depends on how discipline we are in our craft or our professional duty. It takes discipline for one to create a habit. To be a disciplined book reader which eventually translates to being disciplined in life, takes a little bit of effort. For example, let us say you set aside two hours each day at a specific time in the evening to read a book or novel. Cultivating this habit is not easy because you will always have to put aside your phone or anything that has nothing to do with reading, which is being disciplined. It is more or less like an art.
The discipline of reading a whole page before going to the next, being patient enough to get through an over five hundred paged book, letting your mind free and following the author’ story are all results of being disciplined in creating a positive habit. Thus, you will come to find out that incorporating the formula you used in being disciplined in reading books is not much different when doing something else.
Whichever profession or craft you do daily in your life, you still have to be disciplined and be patient for you to reap the results, just like you are patient enough to finish a five hundred paged book. And patience is key in everything, if you are a youtuber, you have to be patient enough to sit back, keep on working on your channel as you watch your subscribers grow, rather than giving up on you dream journey.
Reading books improves one’s memory
When one is reading a book or novel, it is obvious that he will have to keep in mind what the author said in the past four hundred pages for him to be moving easily with the flow of the author’s storyline. Memory is maximumly improved if one is being an active reader. When one finds an interesting saying or statement, one decides to underline it or jot it down in his note book for future reference. This makes the point to stick in mind even before he goes to reread it two weeks later.
You also always find out that when just chilling and you remember a certain occurrence in you book, you sometimes instantly easily navigate the book to where the story was written. This is because every time you read actively; your mind will be working at its best. Kids are given little story books for reading is not only essential to a child’s verbal and cognitive development, but also teaches the child to listen, develop new language and enable him to communicate.
Consistent reading also translates into enhanced imagination and creativity skills as well as being able to visualize the future better for decision-making and planning. Reading also improves the minds of old aged people. The brain-engaging activities from reading have shown to slow down cognitive decline in old age with people who participated in more mentally stimulating activities over their lifetimes.
It also has shown a slower rate of decline in memory and other mental capacities. Mental stimulation like reading can help protect memory and thinking skills, especially as you age. Some authors even suggest that reading every day can slow down the late-life cognitive decline. It thus slows the rate of memory deterioration.
Constant reading reduces stress
Getting into the flow state while reading a good book makes you to forget about all your life problems and fully concentrate into the author’s adventure. Letting go off control of your mind and just flapping pages as you go greatly relieves the brain stress.
There is a study that says that reading reduced stress levels by as much as 68 percent, which was more than listening to music, having a cup of tea, playing video games, or going for a walk. You might question that what if you finish reading and you are back to your problems. That is a good question. When reading and forgetting about your worries, your brain will get used to not worrying about them in the long run. It is just a matter of time.
Reading a book late in the night prepares you for a good sleep.
Today, most people have phones and access to the internet. Using your phone while scrolling down you Instagram page late in the night extends your time to fall asleep because of the blue light that hits your eyes. Your mind then thinks it is still day and takes a lot of time to adjust to the fact that it is night and you need to sleep. The following are ways in which reading a book at night prepares you for a good sleep.
It relaxes your body
During the day, your body undergoes a lot of stress, it does not matter the profession but you most of the times end up a little bit tired if not totally exhausted. While reading late in the night, you put on dimmed lighting so your mind becomes aware that it is still night even though there is some light. You get yourself in a relaxed position and free yourself of your thoughts as you follow the author’s storyline.
Books give you great dreams
As you are sleeping, your brain pulls content from what went on during the day to form dreams for you. This includes the interesting book you had just read before going to bed. This might make it interesting for you may be the hero in your on story, in your dream.
Shutting off the screen
Television sets, laptops, computers and smartphones emit a bright blue light that affects our eyes. Reading a book an hour before getting to bed helps you transition away from the glare of technology and help you to fall asleep.
Helps you have empathy for other people
Reading books especially novels give you an insight into the minds of others. You get to know how different characters in the book treat others as they go through different emotions. You get to see the world on other people’s point of view. You get views from the author himself and the characters in the play. If someone if going through a hard time, you will feel what they feel and feel the need to help them or just to be a shoulder to lean on.
When you are in your day-to-day life, you learn how to apply the positive emotions the characters experience to those around you. This can be easily found in fictional books rather than an autobiography or non-fiction books.
- Builds vocabulary – Researchers have found out that students who read books as a habit from a young age develop a wide range of vocabularies. These vocabularies play a major role in their life from tests in schools to giving them job opportunities
- Reading is a good habit – Watching movies in your free time or with your wife or girl is a good way of spending time together but movies do not teach you as much as a book can teach you. You will spend more time reading than watching a movie but books give you great knowledge, you get to know how to treat others. You can also sit in a quiet place with your family and have one of your good times as a family- reading.
Reading books has a lot of advantages, these are just a few of the top pros. Incorporating this habit in your lifestyle will be great for you. Books are also timeless; this means that an aged person can easily read a book like a child compared to when he tries to watch a movie. Just find out your favorite types of books and get started!