How often do you read books? Reading has substantial benefits yet many people do not read. Did you know that the total percent of U.S. high school graduates that will never read a book after graduating high school is 33%, and that the total percentage of college students that will never read a book after they graduate is 42%? Less than half the U.S. population reads books… That’s absurd! If you are included in this statistical group you are missing out on some serious cognitive benefits. There are many reasons you should read every day. Let’s get started…
Knowledge is power as the old adage goes. By reading books you start to gain a very broad perspective of knowledge, and the more broad your perspective the more likely you are to rid yourself of ignorance. You can take in a lot of information by reading on a daily basis — information that will begin to shape you as a person, and for this very reason, It’s best to focus on material that interests you or will further advance you in your field(s) of choice. When I started reading books I noticed amazing things happening all around me. I started the long process of recognizing how little I really know, and then I recognized that the more I learned the more that my friends seemed to have learned too — It’s all perspective… The way you see the world is a reflection of yourself. Knowledge with good intention and courage has the power to enhance all areas of your life, and the lives of those around you.
It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance. – Thomas Sowell
2. Improved Vocabulary & Comprehension
It’s commonly known that people with larger vocabularies are much better at reading and comprehending, and one of the quickest ways to increase your vocabulary is by reading. The more that you read, the better you’ll be at comprehending, and the better you are at comprehending, the easier it will be to read — it’s a beautiful cycle. By having a large vocabulary and good comprehension skills you gain a huge advantage when it comes to learning and understanding new concepts. Your ability to connect and communicate with people improves drastically too. Life is so much better with good human connection anyway.
3. Improved Memory
When you read books you naturally tend to remember specific pieces of information: the story, people, places, objects, ect… Which is a lot of different pieces to remember. Every time you read, you create a new memory of what you’ve read — essentially exercising your memory muscles. With each new memory, your brain creates new synapses, strengthens existing ones, and helps to keep your memory sharp. Can you imagine having an incredible memory? Start reading every day… Improved memory is just one of the many perks of actively reading.
4. Mental Stimulation
Mental stimulation improves your overall brain function. Reading is one of the most effective ways to stimulate the mind. The best part about consistent mental stimulation is that it will help you develop new neurons no matter your age. The brain, just like any muscle, requires exercise to keep it strong and healthy — you can get this exercise by reading, studying, doing puzzles, or playing games such as chess. Mental stimulation has been shown to reduce stress too. Anything that makes you focus and think will stimulate the mind.
5. Competitive Advantage
The majority of people do not read. It should be clear by now that reading every day will give you a competitive advantage over your peers. No matter what your field of study is — you can gain an incredible upper hand by finding and consuming the best information available to you via books, websites, people, and other resources on a daily basis. The benefits of reading are undeniable. You can and should look at books the same way you look at mentors. With books you can learn from the dead — from authors that have passed away and left a treasure trove of invaluable information from their life long studies and experiences. Many high profile Entrepreneurs credit actively reading as one of the major driving forces behind their success.
Continuous learning is the minimum requirement for success in any field. — Dennis Waitley
Reading is incredibly important in life. If you have access to books you should consider creating a daily reading habit. If you do not have access to books, you should still consider creating a daily reading habit — invest in yourself, and purchase a few good books! Warren Buffet was once asked how to get smarter, he held up stacks of paper and said he “read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge builds up, like compound interest.” The power of knowledge is invaluable. If you want to improve your situation in life, as well as the lives of those around you — read more. It’s a simple formula…
What is your all time favorite book? Let us know in the comments section below.