When Jon Snow in first season of Game of Thrones asks Tyrion Lannister, why the little lord carried that much of books with him, that’s what he replied.
“My brother has his sword, King Robert has his war hammer and I have my mind…and a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone if it is to keep its edge. That’s why I read so much Jon Snow.”
Now, let us talk about the benefits of reading. Why you should read –
- Enrich Intellectual Stamina – As food is to the body the book is to the mind. A study says that a love of reading can protect your brain from Alzheimer’s disease, reduce stress levels, encourage positive thinking and reinforce relationships. When we read, we ponder, we visualize, we comprehend, like how we workout to tone our body, same way our brain needs some exercises too. Reading is a necessity to recharge yourself, so that you are better equipped to deal with your busy life. When we age, our brain function and memory declines, but a regular reading habit can literally take years off your mind as stated in research.
- Vocabulary expansion – Believe me; you learn a lot of good words during Reading. It is the most convenient way to improve vocabulary, spelling and grammar. When you read, you will know that sometimes there are things that are indescribable, or rather-too great to be expressed, in words. In fact, researchers estimate that we learn five to 15 percent of all the words we know through reading, particularly for children, whose vocabulary size is directly and dramatically related to the books they read.
- Free entertainment – When life gets gloomy or devastating or boring, READ. Getting drowned in a book is an inexpensive alternative to wander. You can easily travel to another world, that too instantly. Usually, a novel costs between INR 100-250 (e-book) and INR 299-499 (paperback) and takes about six-eight hours to read. Compare that to watching few movies, spending a day at an amusement park, or eating a few meals out. Reading is a much more cost-effective extravaganza compare to other entertainment bills.
- Knowledge – When we read, we acquire new knowledge. We learn about the world’s history, other cultures, human psychology, how relationships work, how men are from mars and women from venus. Everything you read fills your head with new bits of information, and the more knowledge you have, the better-equipped you are to tackle any challenge you’ll ever face…
“Additionally, here’s a bit of food for thought: should you ever find yourself in dire circumstances, remember that although you might lose everything else—your job, your possessions, your money, even your health—knowledge can never be taken from you. You learn about much more things, places, people and what they think feel or are subjected to and suddenly your troubles seem petty”.
- Better Writing Skills – This goes hand-in-hand with the expansion of your vocabulary: exposure to published, well-written work has a noted effect on one’s own writing, as observing the cadence, fluidity, and writing styles of other authors will invariably influence your own work. Reading help to put critical and analytical thinking to work so that a superior tale can be write down. Reading fills our minds with all sorts of things which we can then interpret in our own little way. In the same way that musicians influence one another, Filmmaker inspires other Filmmaker and painters use techniques established by previous masters, so do writers learn how to craft prose by reading the works of others.
- Stress Buster – No matter how much stress you have at work, in your personal lives, or countless other issues faced in daily life, it all just slips away when you let yourself lost in a great story. A well-written novel can transport you to other world, while an engaging article will distract you and keep you in the present moment, letting tensions drain away and allowing you to relax.
- Better relationships – Reading promoted me to build better social relationships. I feel like it makes me more interesting, as I can talk about a bunch of diverse subjects now, and that makes for fascinating conversation starters. When you identify with characters in a book, you experience a kind of real-life relationship that can enhance your sense of inclusion.Getting draped up in the lives of characters fortifies your ability to realize others’ feelings. It measurably enhances our abilities to empathize with other people and connect with something larger than ourselves.
- It’s just f-ing awesome – I repeat—it’s just f-ing awesome! Reading encourages Life Goal – Reading about someone who overcame obstacles may motivate you to meet your own goals. A happy ending can lift your spirits; drum up positive feelings in more subtle ways. Even minor events in the narrative may unearth warm memories.