Do you read? What tickles your fancy?
80% of my collection is health books, 10% is business & then the remaining 10% is reads that let my imagination run free.
Reading frequently has a significant number of benefits for me, & does so for you too.
Here are 4 benefits of reading to encourage you to whip out a book daily, even for just 5 minutes.
1. Mental Stimulation
Studies have shown that staying mentally stimulated can slow the progress of (or possibly even prevent) Alzheimer’s & Dementia, since keeping your brain active & engaged prevents it from losing power.
2. Stress Reduction
No matter how much stress you have at work, in your personal relationships, or countless other issues faced in daily life, it all just slips away when you lose yourself in a great story. A well-written novel can transport you to other realms, while an engaging article will distract you & keep you in the present moment, letting tensions drain away & allowing you to relax.
Everything you read fills your head with new bits of information, & you never know when it might come in handy. The more knowledge you have, the better-equipped you are to tackle any challenge you’ll ever face. Additionally, here’s a bit of food for thought: should you ever find yourself in dire circumstances, remember that although you might lose everything else—your job, your possessions, your money, even your health—knowledge can never be taken from you.
4. Vocabulary Expansion
The more you read, the more words you gain exposure to, & they’ll inevitably make their way into your everyday vocabulary. Being articulate & well-spoken is of great help in any profession, & knowing that you can speak with self-confidence can be an enormous boost to your self-esteem. It could even aid in your career, as those who are well-read, well-spoken, & knowledgeable on a variety of topics tend to get promotions more quickly (& more often).
So perhaps tomorrow, or this afternoon you pick up a book & begin a new habit of reading for just 5 minutes a day.
That still leaves you 1435 minutes in your day to do all the things.
5 minutes to expand your mind & draw you out of the chaos – you can do it!