Importance Of Reading

by Genjourist Neha Patwardhan



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Why books are a miracle we all need.

As many scholars have preached, reading is of utmost importance to our lives. It is to the soul what meditation is to the body; refreshing, relaxing, and rejuvenating. Now, of course, we have other means to relax and unwind after a long, taxing day, but fancy gadgets simply can’t replace the comfort and stimulation that a good book offers. Here’s why:

1. Fun

First and foremost, books are meant to educate AND ENTERTAIN. Feeling bored and lonely? Got no places to go? No friends to chill with? All you need is your nearest library to get lost into! Just find a book that catches your eye and you are good to go.

2. Mental work out

Just like your body needs exercise to stay fit, your brain does, too. Reading provides your brain with a great work out regime by improving concentration, memory, and increasing your attention span. Studies show that reading can reduce the risk of Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in young children and slows down the progress of cognitive disorders like dementia and Alzheimer's, in the elderly, as stated in a study made by Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital Elderly (ACTIVE).

3. Moments you can’t forget

Can you ever forget the first time Harry found out that he’s a wizard? Or the first time Darcy confessed his love for Elizabeth? Books create moments which are timeless. They stay with you forever and tug at your heartstrings every time you read them. Not only that, but it literally makes moments unforgettable by strengthening the synapses in your brain each time you read something. Your memory is virtually endless and it only expands each time new information is fed to it.

4. Better vocabulary

It’s no secret that reading adds to your repertoire of words. And a good vocabulary and articulation come in handy almost everywhere you go! (Doesn’t hurt to use fancy words to woo the ladies, either

5. Builds personality

You may be born with dashing good looks, but personality is something you’ve got to work on. Thankfully, reading books helps you gain a vast amount of knowledge and experience. According to a research conducted by the University of Toronto, reading romance novels, or any artistic novels, can provoke empathy and help you understand people better. It also makes one open to new experiences. And it’s cheaper and easier than those pretentious personality development courses! After all, smart is the new sexy.

6. Builds better relationships

A reader lives a thousand lives. He lives the characters in the books, he lives their victories and failures. It gives him a better understanding of the people around him. It also makes him sensitive to the cultures all around the world, and also more appreciative of art. Readers won’t be quick to judge, for they know there’s more to the story than just the first page. All of this helps them understand others’ needs and communicate their own needs to build satisfying relationships.

7. Knowledge

Be it a cheesy Nicholas Sparks or heavily technical articles on thermodynamics, there’s always something to take from it. Even reading the same book over and over offers new perspectives each time! Plus, knowing stuff makes you self-confident and a badass.

8. Critical thinking

Analyzing the story, understanding the characters and solving puzzles and mysteries can engage your mind in some serious analytical and critical thinking. It stretches the brain muscles and compels you to think laterally.

9.Relaxation technique

Have so many problems that you just want to escape your life? You actually can, with the help of a good book. Reading lets you escape reality and live another’s life just long enough to give you a fresh perspective on your own. Also, reading before bed helps you sleep better. Who wants to join a yoga class when you have books?

10. Imagination

Reading pushes the brain to be creative with its thoughts. Reading about a particular place creates an image inside your head which is unique only to you because no one else will see that same place exactly as you imagined it! As opposed to films, which give you ready-made images and restrict your imagination. (Those who have read the Harry Potter books before watching the films will know what I’m talking about.)

So go on wild adventures, fight dragons, solve homicide cases, romance handsome gentleman with estates in Derbyshire, and fall in love over and over again, all of this while snuggling into a cozy bean bag with a cup of hot chocolate. Open your imagination. Open a book.


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