Benefits of a Book

Reading is one of the most underestimated, neglected, and simplistic methods a person can take to better themselves. Now, when I say “reading,” I don’t mean scrolling aimlessly through twitter, stalking Kim Kardashian and quotes about waist trainers, reading a chapter in a textbook, or random Facebook articles about cursed Egyptian mummies. What is meant by “reading” is a willful scan through texts including, novels, self-help books, biographies and more, in pursuit of information discovery. Reading a book from start to finish has many benefits—besides that of just cool stories and interesting characters. In today’s climate of media, technology, and the instant satisfaction of TV and YouTube, many of us—I’ll even lump myself in here—have lost the desire previous generations hold for books. There’s a reason that novels like “Moby-Dick,” “The Great Gatsby” and “To Kill a Mockingbird” are required texts in many high school and college English courses. It’s not that stuffy, Oxford comma-loving teachers love to force their students to read sappy, romanticized novels; rather, these novels were the “Game of Thrones” and “Friends” of their era. There is so much to be gained from reading books, as this article will hopefully illustrate.

In the U.S. alone, 27% of the adult population hasn’t read any form of a book in the past 12 months, according to a “pew” study. Such a high population of non-readers is worrisome given the many benefits they are passing up. For instance, reading increases intelligence even more so for young children, according to “The Society for Research in Child Development.” Furthermore, so much general knowledge is gained simply by reading, regardless of what exactly is being read. Examples of the skills that are gained/enhanced include a better grasp of grammar and writing techniques and a heightened vocabulary. Additionally, for anyone interested in becoming wealthy, you might find it interesting that 85% of self-made millionaires read two to three books every month, according to a study done by Thomas Corley. Corley’s study reveals more than a mere statistic and tip for making it big financially, however. The larger implication of Corley’s study is that reading seems to be necessary for success. One of the strongest health benefits gained from reading is its ability to reduce stress. A study from the University of Sussex concluded that just six minutes of sustained reading every day can reduce stress by 68%. There are many people who could benefit from the stress-reducing abilities of reading, and perhaps more so from how it benefits individuals who struggle to fall asleep. Given these benefits, I think it is safe to conclude that a two to three-chapter dose of your favorite type of reading is a healthy prescription for body, mind, and soul. So, pick up a book. Happy reading!


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