The benefits of reading

By on December 29, 2017

The Winter Break – the perfect moment to recharge your batteries

Thinking about how I would like to end my almost second year of Teach One World activity, I’ve decided that the best way to do it is to make a sum up of the reading benefits. One of my main objectives, year by year, when it comes to the winter break is to recharge my batteries through reading. I find new ways of inspiration, I get new ideas and draw my plan for the next year, years thought all the ideas that I get through reading.

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Get your Daily Dose of Inspiration

I have talked in many previous articles about creativity saying that it is maybe one of the most important things we should not forget about. Here you can find an article that talks about the importance of creativity in our life and here you can see how creativity is directly related to our own passions and beliefs.

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Why reading should be part of your almost every day activity

  1. Stress Reduction

I believe that one of the most important reason why you should do a habit from reading it is because it is an excellent source of stress reduction. A well-written book can disconnect you from everything you have around and keep you in the present moment. This condition is extremely healthy for your mind and body, relaxing all your muscles.  

2. Memory Improvement

Every time you read a book you have to remember a lot of details like: characters, their backgrounds, ambitions, history etc. Maybe you already know that every new memory you create forges new synapses and strengthens existing ones, which assists in short-term memory recall. This amazing process actually improve your memory a lot!  

3. Stronger Analytical Thinking Skills

During reading you take note of all the details provided and sort them out to determine details that can help you solve the mystery before you finish the book. You use the same ability to analyze details also when it comes to critiquing the plot.

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4. Improved Focus and Concentration

Using the internet so often, we are used to concentrate and do a lot of things in the same time: check your email, chat with a couple of people, have a look on your Instagram account, interact with co-workers etc. Reading helps you focus on the story. I realized by myself that if I try reading for 15-20 minutes before school, I can better concentrate during the classes.  

5. Better Writing Skills

When you read a lot, you extend your vocabulary. Also, reading gives you a sense of observing the cadence, fluidity and writing styles of other authors. Usually, authors start writing after reading the works of others. So writing becomes a “craft activity”.

6. Peace and Calmness

In the end, nothing is better than to relax while reading a book. Of course, it depends what you choose to read. For example, if you read spiritual texts they can lower your blood pressure and bring about an immense sense of calm.

Health Benefits of Reading

It is said that reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. Moreover, studies show that reading can prevent Alzheimer’s and Dementia, having the main aim to keep the brain active. So, applying this principle, you should use it or you lose it! 😀

Sources: lifehack.org, edutopia.org, unsplash.com

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