One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”
― Cassandra Clare
If you’re one of those people who haven’t yet willingly picked up a book or two and devoured every single page of it while being transported to an alternate universe then congratulations! You’ve missed out on a lot.
Luckily, it’s never too late to start reading. Once you pick up the habit of reading, you mostly wont give it up. It’s not bad, your body will most likely thank you for it! Here are some points which might make you consider picking up a book-
For all the singles- With books, you’re never alone
Whether you’re in a boring math lecture, sick in your bed with nobody to visit or on a month long vacation, a book will always be your best companion. People will go and come but books will always stay with you for the rest of your life. So next time you feel alone- pick up a book. It might take time to adjust to it but once you get to know it, it will become a part of you. To add a cherry on top, they smell amazing!
You don’t need a passport for reading. Explore for free!
Kings landing? London? Narnia? Just name it. You can go anywhere only by making sense of the words served on a platter for you. “We are forced to construct, to produce narrative, to imagine,” says Maryanne Wolf, director of the Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University. Is there anything difficult about it? Maybe. Is it worth it? Totally. All you need is some tranquility and boom! You’re travelling without actually getting up from your bed. Magical, isn’t it?
Reading makes your brain alive and literally prevents it from rotting
When you read, the activity of the neurons in your brain makes it possible for you to experience being in someone else’s shoes. It mentally stimulates your brain which has high chances of preventing you from having diseases like Alzheimer’s and Dementia in future. It slows down the process of brain degeneration. Reading is like exercise for your brain. The more you read, the more your brain stays healthy.
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You know more than others when you read
Remember those friends who read all the books about the upcoming movies and series just to spoil it for you? You can now be them. How cool is that? Reading does not just make you cool, it actually makes you knowledgeable. So next time you’re about to watch a movie adapted from a book, pick the book first will you?
Your vocabulary is enhanced by reading
Enriching your vocabulary is a long, long process, There’s no better way of learning good vocabulary than reading. Reading exposes you to so many words, meanings, concepts and ideas at the same time. It’s almost magical. You don’t even realize as they get embedded into your brain like seeds in soil. In no time, they become a part of you and grow. That’s the power of reading.
It reduces stress and calms you
Reading can be as calming as eating a chocolate ice-cream after going through a break-up. If you need a way to escape from reality- Read! If your neighbors are fighting too loudly- Read! If the lady sitting beside you in train cannot stop blabbering- Read! Honestly, there’s nothing better to put you in a good mood.
Reading improves your memory
Reading is like a work out for your brain. When you read, different functions of your brain are repeatedly tested together to make sense of the words and alphabets that you see. Studies have shown that reading reduces memory deterioration and slows down mental decline while actually helping to improve your brain functions. With every word you read, your memory becomes stronger.