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Why I read?

Posted On : September 26 2017

Reading for me has been a passion for as long as I can remember, but I must confess that these

days I get little time to indulge in my passion. But I do keep track of what’s happening in the

world of books. Now that I am contemplating about the reasons I read…hmmm…let me think!

Actually let me list it out…

Gosh! Do I have a wild imagination!

Blame it on the books people! If you cannot imagine you cannot succeed in life, you are limited by what you

can imagine. Books open up a box full of imagination. Personally they have helped me expand

my understanding of what is possible. When I read a written description of an event or a place,

my mind responds by creating that image in my head. As opposed to having the image placed in

front of me when I watch television. This kills imagination.

Has my verbal ability improved?

Although I know reading does make one a better communicator, but I am of the quieter

kind…will speak only when needed. But yes, I feel I do have a more varied range of words to

express how I feel to get my point across. I also believe the more I read it will give me a higher

level of vocabulary to use in everyday life.

Reading is a stress buster for me

For me the barometer for stress is when I am not able to read…I know I am stressing over

something! When I am stress free I can read books at one go. Oh, how I miss my college days!

Also, a study has confirmed that reading reduces stress. The subjects of the research only needed

to read, silently, for six minutes to slow down the heart rate and ease tension in the muscles. In

fact it got subjects to stress levels lower than before they started.

Has it improved my focus and concentration?

I am from the old school; I prefer to sit down with a book rather than read blog posts and news

articles, which needs long periods of focus and concentration. So, then maybe I have developed

focus. Reading a book also involves closing off the outside world and immersing ‘me’ into the

text, which over time has strengthened my attention span.

As a reader I have developed the faculty to enjoy the arts and improve the world

I love visiting museums and attending concerts, and when I get a chance I perform volunteer and

charity work too. What, you would ask does that have to do with reading? Well, a research says

people who read for pleasure are more inclined towards participating in the world around them,

and that engagement is critical to individual and social well-being. A big thumb up here!

Am I smarter?

Let me list out what books do for me, they firstly offer an outstanding wealth of learning and at a

much cheaper price than taking a course. Secondly, they give me a chance to consume huge

amount of research in a relatively short amount of time. I can dare say having books at home has

a strong link to academic achievement. Aren’t those reason enough to call myself smart!!!

Books have given me gravity!

Being filled with information that I have picked up from non-fiction reading has come in handy

in any conversation. I believe I can hold my own and add to the conversation instead of having to

make excuses and leave.  I am also able to engage a wider variety of people in a conversation.

I remember things better now

I believe when I read, I have more time to think. Reading gives me a unique pause button for

comprehension and insight. I benefit from this activity… as it keeps my memory sharp and my

learning capacity nimble.

Books have been a fast-track to creating myself

I read to increase my wit and imagination, my sense of intimacy–in short, my entire

consciousness–and also to heal any pain that I may have. I know if I am not me how can I be of

benefit to others. Books give me endless amount of perspectives and lives I can read about, they

give me an opportunity to have experiences that I haven’t had the opportunity to, and still allow

me to learn the life skills they entail.

They are my quick fix to entertainment

I will not belittle the fact that books provide me with entertainment, this reason is far above all

the other reasons I have mentioned. If it were not for the entertainment value, reading would be a

chore but it isn’t. Reading is fun, much more enthralling than watching a movie or a TV show, a

good book can keep me amused while developing my life skills.

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