Reading Regularly is the Key to Growth
It is important to strive for personal growth throughout our whole lives. This phrase means something unique to everyone. You can define your own personal growth in terms of setting goals at work, trying to be more open-minded, maintaining mental acuteness, or even staying physically healthy. You may be surprised to learn that reading regularly can help with all of these goals, as well as many others.
Here are some specific ways that reading habitually can lead you toward personal growth:
Vocabulary and communication skills – Reading is a way to constantly expose yourself to new vocabulary words, sentence structures, and speech patterns. By implementing what you’re learning into your daily communications, you will always be improving your skills.
Building empathy – A study recently showed that kids who read Harry Potter were more open-minded about ethnic diversity and more empathic to people who are different from themselves. Reading allows you to see from multiple perspectives, which nurtures empathy.
Increasing memory and brainpower – Who doesn’t wish they had a more powerful memory? Reading can help strengthen memory skills over time. It also has an overall positive effect on brain health, and has been credited with lessening the symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Providing new perspectives – Reading opens up a portal to the minds of different characters from variety of backgrounds. It can also send the reader to a completely new time or place. You can travel the world through the pages of a book.
Fighting anxiety – Reading has a calming effect on brain activity. People experience a decrease in anxiety, and often get better sleep when they read.
You should never read just for ‘enjoyment.’ Read to make yourself smarter! Less judgmental. More apt to understand your friends’ insane behavior, or better yet, your own.” – John Waters