While it might be a nightmare for quite a good number to flip a book beyond our classroom walls, that maybe just as important .Maybe I should just start by asking ,when was the last time you read a book or a substantial newspaper article? Do your reading habits centre around Facebook updates, tweets, Instagram hash tugs or directions on your instant noodles packet? If you are one of the countless people who don’t have a regular reading habit, you are missing out largely!
Reading has a significant number of benefits and I will try to cover as much if not all.
- Broadening Knowledge
Food for thought; while it’s so easy to lose everything else in dire circumstances:your job, money, loved ones, health…no one can snatch knowledge from you! Whatever you read fills your brain with new information and who knows when it might come in handy. God Himself says his people perish because of lack of knowledge. With knowledge you are at a better position to handle any challenge.
- Enhancement Of Memory
As you read, you have to recall history, characters, their background, ambitions, sub-plots that weave their way through every single story. Don’t you think our brains are wondrous to be able retrieve all this even after several years have elapsed? The good news is that every time you feed the mind with new data, the previous information does not disappear but instead our memory gets better.
- Concentration Sweetening
The so called digital lifestyle has transformed us into some sort of robots that can do so much at a go. You can’t agree more that you are familiar with a buddy, relative if not yourself who watches a movie while listening to some soft music in the background, chatting in a whatsapp group and checking out on Instagram the celebrity with the latest ride. It does us more harm than good as it does strain our brains and lowers its productivity.
On the contrary, while reading all your attention is focused on the story and you can immerse yourself in every fine detail you are internalizing .Try reading 15 -20 mins prior to work and you will be amazed by how much more concentration you will have once you commence your duties. Try reading in a matatu and in case you drive yourself you can opt to get to the office 20 mins earlier.
- Vocabulary Expansion And Improved Writing Skills
More often while reading you will come across a new word and without much strain they make their way into your everyday vocabulary. Ever listened to our president H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta?…so articulate and well-spoken.This will play a major role in boosting self-confidence, self-esteem aid in your career as companies will opt for well-read, well-spoken and widely knowledgeable bosses who can be a represent even in global events.
There’s a reading genre for every literate person on the planet and by literate I mean even a class four drop out. I believe any average student could fluently read a storybook by then. Whether your taste is poetry, autobiographies, fiction books, wildlife, fashion magazine, business texts, classical literature whatever captures your curiosity. Put your smartphone aside, have that captivating movie put on a halt and crack open a book and renew your soul.
- Critical Thinking
Reading enhances our ability to analytical evaluation to details. We get the ability to think clearly and rationally about what to do or what to believe in as well as understand the logical connections between ideas. Ever read a story and solved a mystery in it? That is it! The brain just like any other muscle should exercise. Puzzles and chess games have also been found to favorable for brain stimulation.
- Way To Inner Peace
Its undeniable we all have those low moments in our lives no matter how much we may try to pretend everything is in order, yes even that one person on social media who seems to have it all. Reading brings immense sense of calmness. Reading spiritual materials, self-help books reduce stress from our workplace, relationships or countless other issues. A novel allows you to travel to other realms as well as distract you and drain your fears.