As those who have been reading me may already know, I’ve been following my own reading challenge since the beginning of the year.
There are many of these challenges over the Internet, they usually propose a different kind of book to read each month, but honestly that doesn’t convince me at all. Each person is a world; each person has different tastes and preferences. And I know perfectly well how being trapped in a book in which you are not interested can become an authentic torture, because believe me, a true bookworm NEVER leaves a book unfinished.
For this reason I set my own challenge, a challenge in which the only requirement was the amount of books to read. The theme and the genre of these were not important and I have been choosing what I wanted to read in each moment.
Since that moment many people have asked me how do I do it. I understand that reading two books a month can be too demanding for people who work or people whose studies require more time and dedication than mine. But in my opinion the “lack of time” is just a bad excuse, if you have time to sit down to watch TV or to spend time on social networks you also have time to read.
I am aware that it is not just a matter of taste, but of practice. And it’s true, the more you read, the more you like it and the less it takes you to find the time to do it.
For me reading is not just a passion, it is much more than that. For me it is an escape route, it is an activity that helps me deeply in my day-to-day life.
- Reading relaxes me a lot and helps me get away from reality, which on most occasions ends up being overwhelming to me.
- For me reading is the easiest and cheapest way to travel, you just have to open the book and let yourself go wherever the author wants to take you.
- And also, reading stimulates my imagination. It helps me to visualize worlds and fantastic characters and, therefore, improves my ability to create as a writer.
This is completely personal, I know. What works for me doesn’t have to work for another person, nor it has to have the same effects on me as in someone else. But ask any reader, they will all be able to name their own benefits.
Anyway, I have done a small research on the Internet and I have decided to gather the 5 most common and named benefits. Who knows, maybe I’ll get someone else to start reading.
- Reduces stress
As I said before, reading has the power to abstract or evade us from reality and it is able to reduce stress levels by 68% regardless of gender, author or language of the book.
- Stops cognitive weakening
As with any other activity that stimulates the mind, reading keeps our brain active preventing its premature deterioration
- Improves the sleep
“They say” that reading before sleep makes us sleepy and that, by picking up the book instead of any other electronic device, the quality of sleep improves.
According to the second part I don’t have any thing to say, but I don’t believe at all that about reading making us sleepy. I have spent nights and nights reading without feeling the slightest desire to close the book and sleep.
- Can improve social skills
Reading can improve our ability to understand the beliefs, desires and thoughts of others when they are different from our own, in other words, reading can increase empathy.
However, unlike the other benefits that apply to any kind of reading, this is given mainly in fiction readers.
- It makes us smarter
Reading improves our vocabulary, stimulates our brain and puts us in continuous learning.
I could continue naming benefits but, frankly, if you are regular readers you will already know all these, and if you are not, I doubt you would keep reading what I am saying.
All that been said, I would like to know the benefits which reading brings to you. Maybe I have left something important without even noticing!