We give ourselves so many reasons to avoid reading, from being too busy, being too distracted, or just not having the patience to get into a new book. We’re constantly encouraging ourselves to not read, despite really enjoying reading. But here are some reasons to hopefully inspire you to read more often.
It Reduces your Stress
Books are often meant to be a form of escapism, no matter your genre preference, be it sci-fi or contemporary, whether you prefer a relatable character or an unrealistic hero the books we read are a break from our current life. Stress comes up in our lives no matter what stage we’re at, and despite what we might already be facing, and it can be a lot to handle. Often just staring at it, wondering what to do just makes it seem harder to get through, but taking a break, and distracting your brain with a book can greatly help your brain calm down so it can tackle the stress from a better perspective once you’re ready. There have been studies done that compare the stress-relieving abilities to be just as effective as yoga or a good laugh. Also maybe reading about a character facing their troubles, will inspire you to face yours.
Improves your Skills
Exposing yourself to published works can help with many different mental skills. Reading new words allows you to expand your vocabulary, whether it is learning the meaning of a word Shakespeare brought into popular use or catching up on new contemporary lingo. Or reading about new concepts gives you new understandings, and possibly new interests to study. Maybe you like reading mysteries, they definitely help you develop better analytical skills, as you focus on details and deeper meanings to try to figure it out before the detective. While reading those, or any genre of your choosing you may also be helping to improve your concentration and ability to focus for prolonged periods, The skills we learn from reading often appear subtle because we develop them over time, but once you take a moment to consider and reflect you can see that reading often makes all the difference.
Increases your Capacity for Empathy
Being introduced to another character, and delving into their life in a way we only otherwise experience for ourselves gives a unique ability for the reader to empathize with the character. Often we can’t fully understand the emotional reactions of those around us, because we can’t see the steps that got them to that conclusion. When we read we can see them. Reading helps you remember that emotional reactions don’t just happen, and just because you may not understand their reaction, you can understand how they got there. Reading books with a variety of different personality types condition us to understand others easier, and because of this, it can be easier to gain and maintain friendships, and healthy relationships. This is also why it is important to not only read stories with characters like you but also with characters very different from you, and why learning about other people’s stories is so important.
Helps with Memory
Reading is a stimulating activity for your brain. It keeps your brain critical and requires you to be engaged and focused on the content. This is very similar to suggested strategies to do daily math problems to help older people keep track of their cognitive strength. Keeping in mind character relationships and details are important to the story you are reading; that applies to life too. This is a simple way to practice as you can simply go back and reread, and you don’t have any long-term effects it forgets. But your memory will pick up tricks and apply them in your daily life.
Make You Feel Connected to the World
To tell your story to the world is cathartic, but reading someone’s story connects you to a person in a very unique way. At TaleTeller that’s what we’re all about. We want to provide the opportunity to tell people your story, as well as give your family the gift of being able to hold it close and learn from it. Being able to give your family your story is such a unique gift that they will hold onto for a long time.