How often do you think about how helpful reading really is? I’m sure you feel good when you read something that resonates with you, but do you ever wonder why?
Don’t be surprised, but I have a list for you. If you think you don’t have enough time to read, maybe this list will help you find some time to do it. Depending on your preferences, you can read anything, but self-help books will probably have the biggest impact.
- Reading enriches your vocabulary
“So what?” you might say. “I don’t need a vocabulary! I need a better life!” Well, a bigger vocabulary helps you be more specific in your speech so you’ll communicate better with others and also with yourself. I’m sure you’ve noticed how many problems communication cause and they would be solved if people would really and truly communicate with each other.
- Through reading you can find brilliant ideas
What is an idea? It’s a new way to connect certain dots that might seem isolated. So the more you know, the more you can connect. This is why experts are seen as leaders in their fields and they are the first people contacted when a problem occurs. They know more so they have a bigger awareness, therefore they can have more and better ideas.
- Reading brings you a cathartic experience
Have you ever read a story that you could swear it was written based on your life? Well, I have and it felt liberating. You might feel stuck in your own life, but if you see that someone else has almost the same difficulties as you have, you won’t feel alone anymore. Furthermore, you’ll see that someone like you can turn out ok in life. Of course, it takes a lot of digging until you can find such a book/article.
- You can find a different perspective
Some books or articles can bring clarity over some areas you never thought of. Maybe you thought there is only one way to do something and through reading you can find out there are 5 other ways; some might be even simpler.
- Reading gives you access to other people’s mindset
This is one of the most important parts, I think. Maybe you don’t have the required amount of money to have mentors or maybe you don’t have enough time for that, but you surely can find the time for 5 pages from a book written by someone you admire. The more you surround yourself with successful mindsets and ideas, the more you’ll be able to grow.
- Reading is a cheaper way to travel
And you can travel everywhere and anywhere! Even back in time! You can take advices from great people that are now dead, you can be part of famous battles or you can live a French love story back in the 60’s. It’s just a matter of choice.
- It’s a way to keep your brain-muscles trained
You might laugh at this one, but I think you know that neurons that fire up together tend to create stronger connections, called neural paths. So the more you read, the more you fire up the same neurons over and over again. If you don’t do it constantly, the connections will get weaker and they will eventually break because of lack of training.
There are reasons for doing everything and I believe we need to specify as much as we can the positive ones because the negatives will come uninvited.
What are your reasons for reading?