Scrolling through the internet all day and all night, our generation hardly ever experiences the joy of reading. No pop music or online games on your smartphone can replace the peace that falling asleep while reading a book on your chest brings.
The reluctance of the young generation towards books
In the 21st century, people, especially talking about teenagers and young adults, are so busy creating their perfect social media profiles with an aesthetic arrangement of images that they never really read books. According to reports, an average teenager today spends at least 6-8 hours on their phone each day. As a result, increased migraines and eyesight problems are seen in the people aged between 12 to 20 years.
But why don’t people like to read books?
The main reason behind this ignorance is the popular belief that books are meant for geeks and nerds who only feed on information that is very boring to read for the otherwise ‘cool’ lot of the society. But this is not true.
Books, in fact, not only provide you with information but are also a great source of entertainment for the people who love to read. Did you know that reading is a proven way of reducing your stress levels by 68%? Great for depression and anxiety, right? Well, guess what? There are many other such benefits of books that you may not be aware of. This article will help you to find out every single one of them.
To improve your verbal and communication skills
Reading books, especially the ones containing dialogues and character interpretations, is known to improve the verbal skills and vocabulary of a person. This helps them to express what they feel more pleasingly. This is not directly the improvement of communication skills, but it contributes a great deal in providing you with better words to use in your day-to-day life.
So, the next time when someone throws abuse at you, you can play your card of vocabulary with them by throwing some of the classiest and sassiest responses (which, by the way, you will get from the books you read) that will leave them speechless and yet defeated.
To help you grow and improve your imagination
When you read a book, you will interpret the ideas, characters, and scenes mentioned in it with your own imagination. Although you know that most of the things written in the book are imaginary and fictional, it helps to expand your imagination by making you think about everything possible. It opens your brain towards new ideas and concepts, improving your vision and helping you to look at the world with a different eye.
Reading is a proven way of reducing stress
As we have already mentioned earlier, reading creates positive effects not just on your mind but also on your body.
Psychologically, people who spend at least 15 minutes in reading a book every single day are known to be better at dealing with stressful situations with a calmer attitude.
Talking about the physical effects, your heart rate tends to decrease healthily, and your muscles undergo relaxation.
All these things ultimately lead to bringing down stress levels in your body and helps you deal with life and its problems with lesser conflicts. Finally, books will help you win the battle against stress and depression without needing therapy and expensive treatments. They are your personal friends who will be there for you when no one else is and who you can go back to whenever you want.
Reading improves memory
As you read more, your brain works more actively to process the information that you are intaking by the medium of books. In this way, when you get more time to read, your brain will reflect upon those ideas and try to all possible imaginations and draw conclusions from the given text. This improves your memory in the long term by helping your brain to function in a better way.
The cheapest way to travel across cultures and ethnicities
Do you love to travel? Do you love to know about different cultures, societies, countries, about their customs and traditions? Well, up to some extent every human longs to for foreign travels to know more about people and their lifestyles. But you cannot just book a flight to the place you want to know about because of time and money issues.
Then what? Travel to your nearest book store. Confused about what’s the relationship between books and traveling. Let me explain. You can read books that are set in different countries and that have characters of different cultural backgrounds. There are many many many types of such books that can help you travel even without stepping a foot outside your home. Just use your imagination, and there you have it. Your own personal travel guide that will not charge you hundreds of dollars to make you aware of the new place.
Some weird but interesting facts about books
Now that you know the wonders about how books can help to transform your life let me give you a set of some of the most interesting facts about books that will definitely make you think about it.
- Currently, there are more than 125 million books in the world.
- The most expensive book that was ever sold in history was purchased for a whopping amount of 30.8 million dollars. More than 30 million for a book! The buyer must be an absolute book lover!
- Harry Potter ranks third in the list of the most read books in the world.
- Reading regularly can decrease the chances of you getting trapped in Alzheimer’s disease.
- There is a world record for balancing the maximum number of books on the head, which is made people of Sydney.
Interesting right? Who could have thought that a book could have a worth of almost 31 million dollars? So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and grab a book to unlock the greatest treasures of life!