I always get suspicious of someone who tells me they don’t like to read. What not to like?Are they mad? Reading is one of the best activities you can do for yourself. There’s just so many benefits to it.
Here’s 4 reasons why you should read more books to be successful:
1. Knowledge is power. This may sound like a cliché but it is very true. The more you know, the better you will do in life. You have more chances of being successful if you have knowledge and information on your side.
You can never know enough and the difference between a well-read person and someone who cannot bother to pick up a book is evident. People do notice. Well-informed, up-to-date individuals stand out, because of their ability to discuss a variety of topics and being good conversationalists.
If you want to be liked and admired based on your intellect, you must do your reading. Highly successful people claim to read for, at least, 30 minutes each day.
2. Avid readers are the best writers.
Again, something your middle-school teacher would probably tell you over and over. It makes sense, though. Reading can improve your writing by providing new vocabulary, making you aware of grammar rules and good sentence construction. Being an eloquent speaker is something that can make or break your career or even your personal life. Writing can often be seen as a secondary skill while compared to speech, which does not exactly make sense.
A successful, productive, cultivated person must be able to produce a decent, if not good, piece of writing, especially when it comes to spelling mistakes. Can you imagine your boss misspelling a common word in his native language? What would you think of him? Exactly, you would look down on him for it.
His power would be lessened in your eyes just because you had the unfortunate opportunity to catch him making a mistake, especially something so basic that every adult should master by the time he is done with high school.
3. Reading can be very helpful in keeping your brain healthy and active.
Would you rather spend your money on books or Alzheimer’s medication? The relation between reading and the chances of developing dementia in your old age is backed up by science.
People who read a lot and who dedicate their time to “brain exercise” are more likely to keep a healthy mind and avoid mental illness in general, including depression and related mental issues.
4. It is a good way to fight stress.
As “zen” as you might think you are, we all know that it is impossible to be successful and productive while living a stress-free life. If someone has found the key to both, they have yet to share their formula. Reading can be relaxing after a long day at work.
Going from a noisy, fast-pacing office to the comfort of your home and picking up a book can be one of the best ways to decompress and prepare both your body and mind for a restful night and a reinvigorating feeling in the morning.
Are you convinced yet? If not, it is possible to come up with an even bigger list of the benefits of reading. They are just so many. You’re probably thinking there must be some negative effects to even things out. Well, if there are, they’re never mentioned. Anywhere.
Don’t you believe it? Why don’t you go and read about it?
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