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The Benefits of Reading
Posted by Ronald Mapamula on 12/9/2014 to Life Changing Books

1. Reading stimulates your creativity
Reading exposes us to a great many imaginary lands, bizzare scenarios and unfamiliar situations. Our minds envision the story, fable, or theory unfold, in so doing it creates its model of the scenario. This increases the brain's ability to perceive things. In time it improves one's capacity to grasp new concepts and ideas.

2. Improves your vocabulary
In reading books, we encounter new words. Each reading session, reveals a new set of unfamiliar words, this aggregation adds up and enriches our vocabulary. In Primary school when you learned how to infer the meaning of one word by reading the context of the other words in the sentence? You get the same benefit from book reading. While reading books, especially challenging ones, you will find yourself exposed to many new words you wouldnít be otherwise been acquainted with.

3. Improves concentration and focus
Reading books requires brain power. It requires you to focus on what you are reading for long periods. Books tell the whole story. Since you must concentrate in order to read, like a muscle, you will get better at concentration. In reading more you're called to concentrate more thereby increasing your concentration's span and depth.

4. Improves memory
It is a well documented fact that, if you donít use your memory, you lose it.. Reading, helps you stretch your memory muscles, as it requires remembering details, facts and figures and in literature, plot lines, themes and characters. Continued reading gradually develops the memory faculty, so as to accommodate the vast amounts of data that reading entails.

5. Learn anywhere
Books are portable. You can take them almost anywhere. As such, you can learn almost anywhere too. They afford us the liberty to add to our knowledge base at anytime, any place.

6. Youíll discover surprises
As you read more books as a source of information, youíll learn stuff you werenít looking for. Iíve read many great quotes on life and love by reading books on marketing. Iíve learned facts about biology from reading about chemistry. Oh yes! Iíve picked up some facts about history while reading about programming. Since so many subjects intertwine itís almost impossible not to learn something other than the bookís subject. So, lets get reading, and learning.

7. Reduces stress
Unkonwn to many the best way to unwind is by reading. Reading calms the mind, creates an aura of peace and comfort and closes every other thing (even troubling thoughts) out. It relaxes better than the best TV programme would. If relaxation is something you want, turn off the TV or computer and pick up a book.

8. Improved writing skills
This isnít much of a stretch, considering that reading improves vocabulary and critical thinking. You become a better writer as you constantly surrounding yourself with works from people who are better than you. Art students learn to copy masterpieces, so they know what creating something incredible should feel like. Likewise with writing, you learn better the art of writing by reading writings written with art.

Happy Reading ;)

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