Reading is fundamental. We’ve all heard that phrase at one point or another in our lives, but why? Why is reading so important anyway? With the power of the internet and improved technology, Americans are reading less. Between audiobooks and video most people don’t take the time to read at all, but studies show that reading is still important for these reasons:
Reading Boosts Your Vocabulary: Those who read have a more varied range of words to choose from when communicating with others. This is especially important for verbalizing feelings or thoughts. Reading often exposes people to words outside of their everyday vocabulary and lead them to use new words more commonly. The more you read, the more words you have to use on a daily basis.
Reading Exposes You to New Ideas: Through reading, you expose yourself to new things, new information, new ways to solve a problem, and new ways to achieve. In discovering these new ideas people often begin to explore how this new information applies to their current circumstances. This exploration begins from reading and understanding and often leads to useful solutions to everyday problems.
Reading Improves Memory and Concentration: Reading requires uninterrupted focus and concentration. It forces people to pause and tune out the world around them to immerse themselves in the environment created by the author. This increased focus also improves memory by keeping the mind more agile. The imagination required to follow the descriptions and story line in a book also keeps the mind sharp.
Adding reading to your 2018 goals could help improve your vocabulary, help you embrace new ideas and improve your memory and concentration. I recently discovered an amazing resource for finding new books to read. It is called MahoghanyBooks.
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