What is bulb without a filament?
What is body without a soul?
And what is life without a book!
Being a reader myself, it’s disturbing to know that people seek reasons to read. There cannot be a better reason than the book itself. The pleasure of curling up with a book and getting lost in its depth seems alien now. Gone are the days and lost are the people, who would fall into the depths of books, not just for getting by a high-school assignment but for the sake of the actually reading. Words fail me to describe the feeling of switching worlds, in moments I open up a book. I hope, by the end of this article, I’m able to give you a reason good enough for to you grab a book.
10. Takes your mind off things
How many sleepless nights had been spent just because we couldn’t get our mind to shut-up! Where coffee and music fail to do the trick, books might have been the answer all along! The magical power of the books to teleport one to a different world (no not literally!) is the reason why I am still sane and haven’t killed anyone yet! Now-now, don’t judge me! World can be a hard place, and it’s better to turn pages rather than tossing and turning yourself. Letting the printed lines to take you to a world of book is the distraction welcomed happily by the mind to clear itself.
9. People-people everywhere, not a soul to talk!
18 hr flight, travelling alone, no electronics allowed! what to do! Well knock-knock! A book doesn’t runs on batteries! Groucho Marx once said, “Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend” A mere presence of a book can provide comfort in the coldest of hours, be it a cab ride home, holidays in the tropics or even when surrounded by the undesired lot! When in need, books are the only friend there for you even if you had turned your back on them. The anytime-anywhere buddy of mankind may save you from dubstep feeling that is only occurs when alone because loneliness is a state of mind rather than a state of being.
8. ‘A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one’
Getting lost in the work of fiction just to find you walking hand-in-hand with the protagonist, reliving his life, gaining and learning along the way has its perks. Now-now, I m not talking about books like Twilight or 50 Shades Of Grey, Actual literature and pure art like The World Is Flat by Thomas Friedman or Les Miserables by Victor Hugo forces mankind to think beyond the usual humdrum. ‘A good book has no ending.’ said Robert Frost once. Taking way beyond the horizons of one’s thinking these printed sheets enlarge your world, force you to embrace a new thought and evaluate your life against it.
7. A boost to imagination and creativity
“Broaden your minds, my dears, and allow your eyes to see past the mundane!” cried Professor Trelawney in the first class of deviation. Books like Flatland by Edwin Abbott, a romance novel between different dimensions, and Harry Potter (do we need to say more) , show you that nothing is unimaginable. Reading exposes one to different worlds, analyzing different takes on the problem at hand, your mind is forced to weave through the plots and twists of life, that the person who sat down to read is not the same who got up after being done with it. Sometimes a mere imagination aids the crisis at hand. The world is an amusement park and your life a roller coaster. Depends upon how you go about it!
6. Doesn’t let your mind rust
As George R.R. Martin said, “A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone”. The chain comprising of reading, understanding what is read, imagining what is understood, analyzing the imagined, and absorbing the very best and important, works as a sharpening tools for both mind and soul. Books help sharpening of mind. Loosing oneself in the work of fiction time and again keeps your grey matter in check. The more you read, the more you understand one thing, the A to Z of a thing. The more you understand, the better you are prepared for the upcoming.
5. Fundamental skill builder
Reading exposes one to new words and different styles of writing hence contributing to improved vocabulary and enhancement of language as, only in books; sadly, the pure form of literature is left now. One of the very basic advantages, yet highly ignored, of reading is that is makes you more vigilant. Regular reading refines reading speed which is directly related to response time. The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the better you will understand the root of a thing. Hence grooming on the inside as well outside.
4. Better decisions made
There is never a sole path to the destination, what path one chooses defines him as a person and refines his life. Having read and lived through different lives had helped to gain experience and knowledge and now I am able to ponder upon the ways that have worked in the past and that have not thus lowering the chances of me stepping off on the wrong foot.
3. A better you
Reading for long periods helps mind to focus and concentrate. The self- discipline earned by merely scheduling to read daily improves the memory as well as your relationships with your peers. Having been read topics, you become better informed about your areas of interest, people seek help from you. This expertise translates into higher self esteem. Being a portable source of information, books can be carried to any place providing you with an opportunity to learn anywhere.
2. Gives you something to talk about
Have you ever run out of stuff to talk about? You want to yet nothing pops up in the head. Well that can be uncomfortable. Running out of things to talk might make you question your relationship. Being a reader, you can always discuss various plots of different novels, the new things you learnt. The possibilities of sharing are endless.
1. Lowers the risk of Alzheimer’s disease
Studies have shown that being a regular reader lowers the chances of having Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. Reading a book is an active brain process. Unlike going through a different articles and pieces of information, books take you through the entire story thus requiring mental exercise to remember all the names, plot and paths involved thus slowing the shrinking of brains that leads to a number of memory related diseases.