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Benefits of reading a good book

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Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary. A person with good reading habits feels restless if a day goes by without reading. Books can leave a lasting impression on the rest of our lives. Therefore it is necessary to inculcate reading habits if you haven’t done so far.

Today we will be discussing the benefits of reading good books.

It can increase your vocabulary and writing skills

Every time you read a book, you will come across words that you don’t understand and every time you don’t understand a word you will have a curiosity to know what it means. Without curiosity, you won’t be able to understand the book. This plays a positive role in improving the vocabulary of the reader and also increases the writing and grammatical skills of the reader.

It can help you opine and converse your thoughts better

Reading is also believed to improve your language skills and you become confident in conversing with people. With this confidence, you will be able to keep forth your thoughts in front of people more confidently. Even in a job interview, conversation skills matter more than technical skills. Ask the CEOs of multinational companies and they can tell you better about how reading habits have helped them.

You get timeless wisdom from authors spanning ages

When you read a book it gives you the opportunity to read the ageless and timeless wisdom that authors from a different century have written. E.g. Adam Smith, a Scottish political economist, is an author from the 18th century. His work on the “Wealth of Nations” is popular even today. Other books like “The Intelligent Investor” written by the father of value investing Benjamin Graham is a book from the 20th century.

It can open up new thoughts about the world.
After reading a book a person opens up to thoughts that were previously unknown to the reader. With these thoughts, the reader has new world views which can help him take better decisions about life. A reader of today can become a leader of tomorrow as it gives a different perspective to life by challenging the ideologies’ thoughts and conventions. It opens up the mind to new ideas of solving problems

The small talk conversations become more interesting
You will always have something to talk about irrespective of the interest of others. You will be a go-to person and can start a small talk with anyone. Thanks to the vast knowledge attained by reading.

People that are well-read are respected

There is a generally unwritten nuance amongst the crowd that people who are well-read know better than you. This leaves an impression of authority by the reader towards the other people and their opinions are well respected by the larger crowd.

Reading prevent memory loss
It is been proven that the people who participate in mental activities like reading experienced slower memory decline than those patients that did not read. The brain also requires exercise to keep it strong and healthy and reading can be the best exercise to keep your brain healthy, fit and strong. Studies have shown that staying mentally stimulated can slow the progress of (or possibly even prevent) Alzheimer’s and Dementia, since keeping your brain active and engaged prevents it from losing power.

It helps boost your sleep

Just like a physical exercise helps your body relax, a mental exercise like reading will help part of your brain nerves to relax thus helping you with better sleep.

Increases your focus and concentration

When you start reading you develop a gradual habit of focusing on the content. This helps you improve concentration levels. Focus leads to deep work and deep work leads to better concertation.

It builds a critical mind

The more you read the more you will understand and the more you understand, the better decision you will be able to make with the critical thinking specially when last minute decisions must be made.

Improves creativity and imagination

The side effect of building a critical mind leads to improved creativity and imagination. With a wider sense of understanding on various issues and topics, you would be able to show creativity and imagination in solving problems with a fresh perspective. Self-help books are also believed to boost the parts of the brain that are associated with happiness which helps in increasing the creativity of a person.

Helps you learn directly from the masters (authors) easily

You get to learn a lot of things directly from the master of that topic, the highly intellectual authors themselves. This way you get access to the content that the author has researched and compiled for you from different sources in a single book.

Help reduce stress and depression

When you have a better sleep, focus and concentration coupled with a creative mind you keep yourself away from stress and depression. This is how a lot of benefits are interlinked to each other. No stress and depressions would lead to better creativity and imagination. Now you see the association !

Widens your mental models

Mental models as popularized by Charlie Munger is the way to lead a good life. A mental model is an explanation of how something works. It is a framework, or worldview that you carry around in your mind to help you interpret the world and understand the relationship between things. Charlie Munger suggests that one must develop a latticework of mental models from various disciplines like Science, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Psychology and a lot of other fields. This will help you create a world view better than others. By developing a set of mental models from various disciplines you will no longer be a man with a hammer to whom everything looks like a nail. It is therefore important to read books from various disciplines to develop a latticework of mental models. However, you must not just read any books. There are books that may add no or little value to your life. That is why we have brought to you the best-handpicked books that pass our stringent criteria before putting them on our bookshelf. Click on this link to go straight to our book store and start reading today.

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