People have different things they like to do in life for fun. For me, one of those things is reading. As a young girl, I enjoyed reading books. I read a couple of good books, and I enjoyed reading for fun, not even being aware of all the benefits of reading.
When I got older, I stopped reading for fun for a long time. After a while, I was going through some things, and a good friend suggested that I explore my hobbies.
I took the time to think about what I enjoyed doing as a kid. I rediscovered some of the things I was passionate about, and reading was one of them. I was so happy when I realized reading also has a lot of benefits.
In this blog, I’d like to share with you what some of my favorite benefits of reading are and why it is something I suggest you try doing daily.
At the end of the blog, I also have a free printable Books to read planner for you.
What are some of the benefits of reading?
1. Stress relief
Reading is a very effective way to reduce stress. Reading can distract you from the stressful things around you.
If you are reading a novel, for example, you will be focusing on what is happening in the story. It will help you to relax if you can place yourself in another world for a short time.
If you are reading a self-help book, you can educate yourself on ways to deal with certain problems or just help you to improve your life. You can focus on a solution, and this process can help you to relax.
Do keep in mind that what you are reading does matter. If you are reading something upsetting or stressful, such as a disturbing news topic, it might not be stress relieving.
2. Improves your vocabulary
Another great benefit of reading is that it helps you to broaden your vocabulary. Reading will expose you to a lot of words.
When you’re reading, and you stumble upon a word you don’t know, you can look it up, and in that way, you have learned a new word. The more you read, the more of these words you can stumble upon.
At first, it might seem unnecessary, but you never know when you can use these words, and when they will come in handy.
3. Better sleep
Getting a better good night’s rest is one of the great benefits of reading.
If you are someone who has trouble sleeping, try reading a couple of pages before going to bed.
Since reading reduces stress, it can also help you to relax more. It can calm your mind, take your thoughts elsewhere, which can result in better sleep.
4. Improve your emotional intelligence
Reading a good book will often allow you to see the world in the eyes of the character. You get to go into their mind and see things differently than you usually would.
Now I’m not saying that you’ll be able to do that in real life, but it might help you to have a more open mind for other people their life or problems.
You learn to look with different eyes at situations. You learn to place yourself in someone else’s shoes because when you are reading a good story, and you’re totally in it, that is what you do.
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5. Improves your writing skills
If you like to write for fun or if you need to write a lot professionally, reading can help you to get better at it.
I do think that it is important that you read the type of content you want to write about because the kind of writing will be different based on what you’re reading.
So, if you want to write blogs, read a lot of blogs; if you want to write a self-help book, read a lot of self-help books; the same goes for fiction books, short stories, etc.
These are 5 of my favorite benefits of reading. If you aren’t someone who loves reading, don’t feel pressured to read a lot more than you can in one day. Try to start somewhere.
If you like reading short stories better than reading novels, then do that. If you want to read blogs, do that. Just try to read something whenever you can.
Also, try not to read from screens only. Try reading printed books and articles or at least from an e-reader. This is much healthier for your eyes compared to a standard screen.
I hope these benefits of reading will give a little push and motivation to start reading a little bit more every day.
You can also try to plan some reading time every day, so you don’t forget to read.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this blog. So if you have any questions or more benefits of reading you’d like to share, feel free to leave them in the comments.