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Hilal Her

What Makes Reading Most Relevant Today

May 2024

Before technological advancement, everyone who wanted to learn adopted the daily reading practice. Sixteenth century marked the beginning of knowledge bound in a book form and since then books have been the source of entertainment in addition to being the fountains of knowledge for us in the form of academic books as well as other literature. In the present age, we have become so consumed with social media and the internet, that few people consider reading books productive. Some people are too busy to read, while others simply do not want to read. Reading has numerous advantages, ranging from making you smarter to improving your reading and writing skills. 

Reading is one of life’s simplest joys, but it is sometimes pushed aside as other ‘essential’ chores take precedence. When you have so many obligations on your to-do list, it can feel self-indulgent to curl up with a book, but reading has actual advantages for your mental and even physical health. So, it is selfcare, not self-indulgence. Reading has a powerful impact in building our personalities and reforming us. And that is why we need to start acquiring reading as a habit.
Improves Focus and Concentration
Concentration and focus is essential for completing a task. Work done with complete focus yields amazing outcomes. On the contrary, when attention is lacking, the outcome is only mediocre. That is why reading is said to help people maintain attention and concentration while also transforming them into outliers. Concentration and focus issues have become more prevalent in recent years. A WhatsApp message or a social media post is good enough to divert our attention from a task that had been planned for days in a spur of a moment. 
Reading stimulates your intellect in a variety of ways. To begin, processing the words you read requires comprehension. Reading words off a page can also help you improve your analytical skills, awaken memories, and even widen your creativity. It is believed that reading for about twenty minutes helps improve our focus and concentration.
Improves Knowledge
Many experts attribute our knowledge to the erudite tomes penned by our forefathers. Reading literature is more important now than ever before. Not everything can be found in digital form. From self-help books to fiction, there are countless methods to learn more about life. Even if you are feeling down, reading an inspirational biography might help improve your spirits.
While reading we come across many new words which add up to our vocabulary. Using these new words at home with kids or at the workplace gives good practice and improves our impression. Fiction is considered to be the most loveable genre and it surely has its own teachings. It introduces us with people of varied characters whom we might have never met or would never even meet in our lives. Reading about them and their problems enriches our understanding and knowledge of people’s psyche and also educates us to deal with people around us with much wisdom. Practicing this knowledge in real life strengthens our filial and social relations which goes a long way. We develop empathy as it is part and parcel of reading fiction. Over time it balances our emotional intelligence. One of the most significant advantages of reading books is that the knowledge you get from them cannot be taken away from you. Your knowledge, unlike worldly riches, will be with you till the end of time.
Reduce Stress and Anxiety 
For a past few years, stress and anxiety has not just strangled the peace of mind for adults but it has also adversely affected the mental health of Gen Z. Everyday issues will continue to irritate you unless you do something to distract your attention. Because you tend to wander mentally in a different realm when you read a superb narrative, all of your worry seems to melt away and relax you. While reading, you may come across useful advice or solutions for your difficulties.
Exposure to a day-long usage of screens emitting blue light keeps our brain alert and compels it to remain awake for a longer time. Ending the day with a book promises a sound sleep. As scientists have found out that reading increases melatonin, a chemical which is responsible for making us fall asleep. Thus reading plays a pertinent part in improving our sleep quality as well.
Prevent Alzheimer’s 
Old age often comes with ample of spare time as by then one is done with all the responsibilities of life. Reading on a regular basis is an excellent brain exercise. When you read a book, your brain is pushed to retain the names and characteristics of the characters. Going back in time and recalling events or plots is enjoyable and helps memory. The ability of our brain to remember a large quantity of knowledge is extraordinary, and with each new memory, your brain produces new brain pathways or synapses. Reading, according to researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, lowers the level of beta-amyloid, a substance in the brain linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
Don’t you sometimes wish you could just get away from all the expeditiousness of everyday life? Planning a trip to spend time alone is not always cost-effective, however, reading a book can provide you with the same peace. What’s more helpful is that reading can help folks who are suffering from high blood pressure or anxiety. Reading self-help or spiritual books helps to boost your spirit and make you feel better. 
Free Source of Entertainment
Why do we spend money on films and music? Isn’t it for amusement purposes? Why not simply read books with the same goal? You might be shocked to learn that some of your favorite films or TV shows were inspired by some of the best literature. What’s more, reading books would be far cheaper and keep you entertained for much longer. Simply going to your local library can introduce you to a plethora of intriguing novels. You can find books on any topic that interests you and read them to keep yourself entertained.
Better Writing Skills
If you read more, you will inevitably improve your writing abilities. Reading consistently improves your vocabulary and diction, making you a better writer. We are not simply talking about creating fiction, books, and novels. Even if you write something in your ordinary personal and professional life, regular reading will improve your writing skills. Your writing skills will improve as you read more. You would concentrate on certain areas of writing that would enable you to write more successfully than others.
Regular reading can provide several benefits, ranging from improved health to increased intelligence. You can expect to increase your knowledge of many subjects if you adopt the habit of reading books on a regular basis. It may appear boring at first, but after you get the hang of it, you will thank yourself for developing this habit.


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