Benefits of Reading Books

Why Should You Read Daily? 13 Powerful Benefits of Reading Books

“A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.” Mark Twain

At present, I am reading 3 books. On Writing Well by William Zinsser (2nd Time), Palkhiwala, the Court Room Genius by Soli Sorabjee, and A Practical Approach to the science of Ayurveda by Acharya Balkrishna, (2nd time). I keep referring to Tools of Titan by Tim Ferriss.

There is a famous saying, ANY BOOK WORTH READING IS WORTH READING AT LEAST TWICE.

“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” Oscar Wilde

Earlier this year I completed reading On Writing by Stephen King, Don’t Make Me Think by Steve Krug, & This is Marketing by Seth Godin.

Next on agenda Deep Nutrition by Catherine Shanahan and Shree Mahavir Katha published by the University of Gujarat.

A friend of mine borrowed (& returned) Thinking, Fast & Slow by Daniel Kahneman and biography of Swami Vivekananda

Last month I gifted my young nephew The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly?   by Seth Godin

I have downloaded Kindle book sample of Self Renewal by John Gardener, The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates, & Shut Your Ego Says by James McCrae. And a few more.

So many books !!

“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” Harry Truman.

Famous personalities like Bill Gates, Mark Zukerberg, Richard Branson, recommend reading books.

“I really had a lot of dreams when I was a kid, and I think a great deal of that grew out of the fact that I had a chance to read a lot.” Bill Gates

“Whether I’m at the office, at home, or on the road, I always have a stack of books I’m looking forward to reading.” Bill Gates

Why are so many famous people recommend book reading? What are the benefit of reading books? Here I present 13 incredible benefits.

  1. Enrich Knowledge

Good books enhance our knowledge. We know many things by reading books.

“Reading is still the main way that I both learn new things and test my understanding.” Bill Gates.

Yes, books are reservoirs of knowledge. Many knowledgeable people have written books and we get to know about the thinking and insight of the world around us with their books,

  1. Opens Mind

“Books allowed me to see a world beyond the front porch of my grandmother’s shotgun house…[and] the power to see possibilities beyond what was allowed at the time.” Oprah Winfrey.

The matter doesn’t end just by knowing. Our mind uses the knowledge which is acquired. We learn to see different perspectives. The mind opens up. With an open mind, we can experience and deal with the world in a better way.

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  1. Mental Stimulation

 “There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” Walt Disney.

A book can take us to a different world. A world created by the author. This stretch our mind and health of our mind improve.

  1. Stress reduction

Like a movie, a book takes us away from our routine life. This is important if you are suffering from stress. Secondly, the feel-good factor by reading a good book also helps in dealing with stress.

Stress & Reading

  1. Improves Vocabulary

This is obvious. We learn many new words by reading a book. I find Kindle a better choice only because of its in-built dictionary facility.  You can immediately know the meaning of the word.

Improved vocabulary helps us with better writing and better speaking.

  1. Improves Writing

Reading so many authors in some way enhances our skill of writing. Whether you read to learn writing or not, your brain is learning tacitly.

A good reader is a better writer.

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  1. More Sleep

Reading reduces sleep and induces sleep.

Reading helps put your consciousness on another plane, which will induce sleep. Moving into a fictional world eases the tension and helps them relax better. That is one of the best ways to get a restful sleep.

Sleep & Reading

This keeps you away from gadgets like stimulating screens and technology such as cell phones, tablets, and laptops.

Therefore, reading a book helps in a dual way for better sleep.

  1. Better Memory

Reading stimulates the mind and keeps it active. An active mind is good for memory. It slows down your decline in mental power. Reading can preserve your memory in old age. Mental activities like reading can prevent Alzheimer’s. This is a type of dementia that causes memory problems.

  1. Enhances Analytical Skill

When you read a book your mind is continuously analyzing what the author is saying. Either you are analysing the language or the content. In both the case your mind is active.  This way you are enhancing your analytical skill.

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  1. Improves Concentration

While reading an interesting book we forget the world around. It is very important to improve our concentration.

With so many distractions around us, where attention deficit is a major issue, books keep is concentrated on reading. This books our concentration power.

  1. Changes Life

“Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world.” Napoléon Bonaparte

There are many examples of how people’s life has changed after reading a book.  So many self-help and inspirational books are written is indicative of the help it is offering to the readers.

I found the following picture on Quora. This picture aptly indicates the impact of reading books.

Book Reading

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  1. Better Utilisation of Time

It is perhaps one of the best utilisations of our time. Reading a book which offers multiple benefits is time well spent.  An activity which offers so many benefits is well worth the time doing it.

   13. You are Never Lonely

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”  Ernest Hemingway

A person with reading habits is never lonely.  A book can be with you for hours and makes you experience a different world.  You never feel alone and lonely.

With a Kindle app on my mobile, I now don’t mind long waiting hours, especially at dispensaries where waiting is inevitable.  Long waiting time is no longer time-wasting, its tie well spent with reading books.

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” Groucho Marx

Thank you for reading this post, your time to read a good book starts NOW.

You may also like to read: How to be Happy? Always

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