Reading books is one of the best habits one can develop.
Books have great have a great significance in humans life.
They help to record the history of humanity and also propagate knowledge to the next generations.
Further, they are also instruments of business and contribute to the economy.
Reading a book gives you many useful benefits.
Before we go further, let’s see some quotes related to the advantages of reading books.
“It is better to buy a book than to replace a torn shirt.” by a significant social reformer.
♣ “Don’t believe in those who are fond of books,” Henry David Thoreau exclaimed.” He said it because one of his books was missing after a person visited his cottage. That person might have got interested in books.
Advantages of Reading Books
a) Books add to the knowledge
Books are bought mainly for this purpose.
They are the best mode of imparting education since school days for any one of us.
Though books are found on many topics, many books related to education-related topics like science, maths, social, etc., occupy a major share.
Even one can know regarding their health and what doctors might prescribe by books on pharmacotherapy.
Books on other topics also impart knowledge of some sort or other. But they are prime means to give knowledge. It is a piece of good advice to make a reading hobby.
b) Enhances imagination power
Have you ever noticed reading a novel or a storybook?
You will find that your mind has framed pictures of what you read.
Supposing the novel you were reading describes a desert or sea-related incident. Automatically your mind frames the images related to them.
This is possible even if you have never seen a sea or dessert before. But due to the description in the storyline, the images are formed.
Thus reading can enhance imagination capacity. But where can this be useful?
Imagination can be useful for those in research and technology-related fields. It would be good for students reading physics, chemistry, and maths as they need imagination skills to understand.
c) Promotes concentration
If you have a fickle mind or cannot concentrate on an issue for a long time, you can improve it by reading books.
Books of interest retain your interest for quite a long time. I once read a novel of almost 1000 pages without any distractions except for eating.
Such is the power of books to retain your attention and promote concentration.
d) Helps you set your mood
This is an area which only books can accomplish without the need for counseling. These books are of the next high selling grade. They help set the mood of the reader. Examples include
1. Self-help books;
Go through books like “Rich Dad Poor Dad, Magic of Thinking Big, 7 Habits of Successful People, How to Win Friends and Influence People, Tough times never last but tough people do, etc.”
These are the books for mental stimulation and encouragement. They teach on aspects like how to be successful in one’s life, face hardships, etc.
Reading these books minimizes negative thoughts, reduces your stress levels. Regular reading helps the reader build optimism and approach life with a positive attitude.
So these books help to keep the mood and mind on a positive note. These books contribute to the health benefits of reading.
2. Spiritual books;
These books are available in different religions. At the same time, some are written by well-versed holy men.
They give principles for peaceful living.
They can impart peace of mind to the reader besides high-end knowledge or wisdom — Ex; The Bible, The Bhagawad Geeta, An autobiography of a yogi, etc.
The specialty of the above types of books is a desire to read repeatedly. Though they are read previously, re-reading gives more better insights and happiness.
Thus they can be helpful books for people in times of disappointments, longing for guidance, etc.
3. Novels: These books contain many aspects like romance, thrill, fiction, etc..in the course of reading. As long as one studies non-stop, his mind is fixed up as per the novel. They can be knowledgeable and entertaining also. They are the right way to pass holidays and pass the time.
e) Improves vocabulary and grammar
Reading them helps the reader improve his vocabulary in communication and writing. Since one comes across new words, phrases, etc.
The reader gets accustomed to using them in his daily language.
Even the sentence formation, use of suitable words for expressing some view will be fine-tuned.
f) Enhance writing & speaking skills
It is quite obvious that one who is an avid reader can speak and write a lot.
If given a chance, he can give a speech or write a column from his bookish knowledge.
Reading gives confidence to the person due to enhanced knowledge. So his speaking and writing skills are improved by reading books.
g) Best friends of loneliness
In times of loneliness, books are the best resort to void off the lonely feeling. Hence even prisoners like to spend time reading books.
h) It gives you the knowledge for teaching, social speaking, etc.
If one reads suitable books, he gets hints and additional points to include in his seminar or oral presentation.
A teacher well prepared will give a better lecture than one who is not.
This preparation mostly includes subject-related books.
i) Company during travel
Books are the best for pass time. They also impart knowledge and ideas besides a good time pass like tours, trips or even daily travel to school.
j) Helps you fall asleep
This is a well-known fact and experience for many. Book reading is a good sleep inducer. As the reading tires the brain, the persons doze while still book in their hand.
k) Helps you improve concentration
This is a trick mentioned in the book “Who will cry when you die.” While reading a page in the book, mark the word you lost attention to and resume to cover with longer attention.
On repetition, the number of words covered with attention will improve.
So how does reading help your brain? By improving knowledge, imagination, comprehension, etc.
Tips for comfortable reading.
1. Read in a proper light.
While reading, it is good to have sufficient light. Or else it will be an additional strain on the mind and eyes to read.
2. Have some breaks in between reading
Having breaks between reading, especially novels, storybooks, etc., is beneficial as it helps us focus on other important works of the day.
3. Do not read on an iPad or tablet
Even on an e-reader when you can find a hard copy of the book. This is to be considered for the benefit of the eyes. Though one can see weak anti-glare glasses, it is still not comfortable to read PDF books on them than reading hard copy ones. Reading a book is a healthy living aspect than reading on a laptop or computer.
4. Use some remainders or page break ribbons:
Use some page break tags to continue further reading. This helps you save time from researching the pages to where you read previously.
Reading books also indicate many things, like you are a literate or learned person.
Books even contribute a lot to the economy.
1. some authors became rich by writing good or interesting books for society to read. Such is the demand for good books.
2. Even after, though, we have emails, SMS, etc., for conveying information. Still, the postal department is busy. This is because they need to translocate a hard copy of books to their destiny.