The last five of this list is linked right here 10 Reasons Why You Should Read Books Everyday - Part 2
But before we go into the first five reasons why you should read books everyday I want you to imagine this:
You're sitting in your chair at your office and time is coming down to the last part of the day. You look up past the top of your book at your coworkers all playing games on their phones.
It makes you wonder what kinds of things these people do at home during their down time. Do any of them read books or at least an article on their phone for a minimum of at least 10 minutes daily? Weekly? Monthly? Not at all?
Maybe some of you have experienced this situation before and if you haven't, next time you're at the office, coffee shop, bus/train or any other place that people usually read take a look around and count how many people are reading (phones and tablets included).
These questions have been going through my mind lately which has brought me the idea to write this very useful post about the top 10 reasons why you should read books everyday - part 1. Here's my list in no particular order of importance because truthfully all these points are important.
Reading helps you gain more knowledge (even if it's a fictional novel).
Reading books everyday can really make a difference in your life emotionally and even physically by helping you to relieve stress and feel better about yourself.
If you're struggling with an illness or stress there are books out there that can help with that. There's a book for any type of topic you can possibly think of out there. We all have access to a plethora of knowledge so why not take advantage of it?
You might think something like 'Oh well if it's not a non-fiction, business or self help book then I can't learn anything from it.' which I would turn and say 'That's absolutely not true since one of the first books that really got me going on a knowledge shopping spree was actually a fantasy book called Kushiel's Scion by Jacquelin Carey which has a quote in it (that I've posted about in the past Monday Madness Quote Discussion) 'All knowledge is worth having.'. That quote has been driving me ever since I read it.
Therefore you see that even a fictional novel has a great deal of knowledge to offer you. It's obvious that non-fiction, business and self help books are filled with a different kind of knowledge that might be of more use then a story about goblins but a lot of people don't realize that fictional novels can relate knowledge in the form of a story, and sometimes stories are the best way to get your point across since we all can connect with the character or plot in some way.
That's what makes reading books everyday great! It's the fact that we have an emotional connection with whatever is being written. We may not be able to feel that emotional connection all the time of course depending on the book, but that is what we would hope when we pick up a book.
Reading allows you to learn a wider range of complex vocabulary.
To tell you the truth, I'm not too good at using more than just the everyday average vocabulary. I've never been good at it, but the important thing for all of us is that we realize that we should at least put in the effort to use more complex words in both our writing and spoken language. Isn't that important to everyone? I would hope so.
The reason why we shouldn't just settle for 'good' rather than 'fabulous' or 'brilliant' (the list goes on) is because the words we use to communicate with others reflects on our credibility and ability even.
So one way to pick up on new vocabulary is to read books everyday. And if you're not good with vocabulary like me then get that highlighter out and start marking up those books when you come across a new word.
Reading books everyday will without doubt improve your vocabulary which in turn will increase your credibility when talking with people. Just be sure not to forget to use the words you learn.
Reading increases your imagination.
Not to forget to mention the fact that when you read you can picture what it is being said in your mind's eye. That's the awesome thing about reading books everyday is the fact that we can go into our own minds which brings us to who knew worlds. You don't get that when it comes to other types of entertainment like movies.
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Reading is a big stress reliever.
Sometimes you just need to get your mind off things. Things might be bothering you at home or at work and sitting down with a book sounds like the best thing you could do for yourself.
That's definitely what I do when I feel stressed or maybe I don't want to think about anything else. Reading books everyday helps me to stay focused and not get as stressed as I would be if I wasn't reading.
Reading books everyday is part of building a good habit that will make you feel better about yourself specially if it's a self help or business book.
This last suggestion for reasons why you should read books everyday may seem obvious. Of course if you pick up a book that is meant to help you with something in your own life then it's true that books give you tools to make your life better.
Reading gives you tools to live a better life.
You shouldn't forget that reading novels can give you insight on how to solve problems in your own life as well. So just because the book isn't real doesn't mean that you can't make it real.
To sum things up...
Life comes with many ups and downs as all of you know but if each and everyone of us picks up a book everyday you all might be able to solve at least some of your problems if not at least have fun reading.
If you like this list apply it to your life. Make reading books part of your life everyday. It's definitely made a difference in mine so why not take the same step as me?
Be looking for the next five points in the top 10 reasons why you should read books everyday - part 2 next Wednesday. Hope you enjoyed this post and see you then.