Why you should be reading more

A book a day will keep the brain matter from going away.

There is still something special about picking up a book and turning the pages as you read. There are also health benefits associated with taking time out and relaxing while reading. Here are some reasons to pick up a book and put your feet up for a few minutes to relax your body and exercise your mind.

Reading promotes relaxation

There is a lot to be said for ‘taking some time to smell the pages’. Remove yourself from the stress of daily life, even for just 15 minutes each day. Losing yourself in a book is a great way to reset and get ready for whatever the day throws at you. Lunchtime is a great time to read for 15 minutes, as it takes your mind off your work and lets you start the afternoon with a fresh attitude. You’ll be looking forward to the train or bus ride home to turn the pages again.

You learn something new

Whether you are reading a fiction or non-fiction book, you will learn something. Your mind creates its own theatre as you read and visualise the story you are reading. You could be reading about a different perspective, an experience or a journey. We’ve all heard someone say, “The movie was nowhere near as good as the book”. They are usually right. A book can tell you more than a movie can ever show you, because it draws on your imagination to create the images.

It helps you embrace different ideas and perspectives

Books are packed with different ideas and unique perspectives. You may or not agree with the content, but you will think about it. After all, revolutions have been inspired by many of the ideas contained within the pages of books throughout the world. Exploring different ideas and perspectives is the way we learn, evolve and bring about change. Words can also motivate us to do new things or take action, like start a new hobby or career.

Reading sharpens your focus

By its nature, reading a book requires you to concentrate and block everything else out. No phone, no email, no social media, no screens. It’s just you and your book. Through reading, you can improve your ability to focus on what you are doing and block out distractions.

Improve your vocabulary

Reading books increases vocabulary and comprehension, often without you realising. Whether you consciously want to improve your vocabulary or to boost your comprehensions skills, increasing your vocabulary has lots of benefits. So take five, open a book and lose yourself as often as possible.