I’ve written a lot of topics about books and reading and I realised I haven’t written the most important: why books are useful? Why do we need them?
Well, let’s see, then, how books open your mind!
1. Books Motivate You
Books tell extraordinary stories. Stories that you’d want to be a part of and usually you’d like to be one of the main characters.
But, you see, the heroes in the stories are mostly ordinary people like us. They are not too lucky or rich or beautiful. They are ordinary people who find the courage to make this extra step, this extra effort to make their life better.
This is just so inspiring. If they can do it, then why can’t we? Can we? Of course, we can.
And this is the main purpose of the book. To motivate you, to tell you that anything you want is possible. And you know what? Most things you want are possible!
Ok, maybe not becoming a wizard. The letter from Hogwarts got lost. But there are a lot of other things out there, waiting for us to go and get them. 😉
2. Books Introduce You To A Lot Of Different People
The people around us usually are a lot like us. I’m not saying that we are exactly the same but yes, our friends are similar to us and our family is the people who raised us. We think like them, we act like them. Maybe a little too much for our own good!
Reading a book opens your mind to different cultures, different people who were raised in a different way than you did. It gives you insight into other people’s mindset, into the way they think and why they do what they do.
This opens your mind to a whole new world. It makes you more open-minded and more willing to see things from a different perspective.
After all, fascism is cured by reading and racism is cured by travelling (Quote by Miguel de Unamuno).
3. Books Trigger Your Imagination
In a book, your imagination can – and it should – go wild. The author describes places, situations, people but you are the one to imagine it. And even if the author gives a good description of them, it’s still up to you to imagine the details.
And this is a great and pleasurable occupation!
You practically can imagine anything you want. Moreover, if you like the book, you can imagine hundreds of variations of the story. And then, hundreds of other stories that you find out you’d like to read or write about!
Just imagine how much you practise your creativity this way!
4. Reading Improves Critical Thinking
Critical thinking is one of the attributes that makes us a wise person. Not smart, but wise. It’s important and necessary, especially these days.
I mean, how many times per day have you thought “Why there’s no common sense in this world and where did it go so I can find it?” Well, critical thinking is one of the things that all need desperately. Either we know it or not.
Improving critical thinking can be achieved through a lot of books.
For example, philosophical books, even though you have to check what kind of book you have in your hands. Is it a good one or just a bunch of nonsense?
Or mysteries for another. You get all the clues, but can you find the suspect? If we’re talking about me specifically, sometimes yes, most times not. For example, I can never see to find the culprit in Agatha Christie’s novels. And still, when the revelation happens, all seem so natural.
Maybe I’m just not so smart as I would like to think… 😛
And I just need to read more books… 😀
And from so many other books. To be honest, you can learn a lot from any book as long as you keep your eyes and your brain open.
5. Books Help You Discover Your Passion
Reading is a passion and reading can help you discover other passions you have and you may have never found them otherwise.
Check out Lisa’s story!
6. Books Increase Your Empathy
While reading, you see how the characters think and why. A lot of different characters. Some you may know, some you may not. Some you may relate to, some you may not. But no matter what, you find out how they think and how they see things from their perspective.
And this can help you in your everyday life, too. Next time your friend will tell you that they’re in a dilemma, you’re gonna be able to understand them better. No matter if you think that this situation they’re in it’s ridiculous and the solution is obvious.
You see, for them, it’s not obvious. Haven’t you ever gotten in a situation you can’t seem to get out of? Of course, you have. Let’s not kid ourselves!
Our character and our experiences have an important impact on how we deal with problems in our life. Books, by giving us insight into other people’s thoughts, into what they’ve been through, help us overcome this obstacle and see things from other people’s point of view. (After all, don’t we all love reading different POVs of the same story?)
7. Reading Improves Your Memory
Did you know that reading strengthens your memory? It’s a mental exercise for the brain. Especially in children, but for adults, as well.
So if you want to keep your brain in a tip-top condition, you must exercise it. Just like you work out to keep your body in a good condition, read to take care of your brain as well. 😉
8. Reading Reduces Stress
Taking a break every once in a while is what any great life coach will tell you. You can’t run around all day every day. You’ll burn out eventually.
Reading a book is like taking a short vacation from your problems. From everyday life. Don’t worry; they’re gonna be there waiting for you when you finish.
And no. Worrying about things you can’t control doesn’t change anything. It just gets your hair white sooner and shortens your lifespan.
I’m talking from experience. Stress is the one thing I think I’ll never be able to defeat but I do like to think I’m getting better at it. Keeping a journal helps a lot. So do workouts. Just saying; in case you have this problem, as well. 😀
9. Reading Improves Your Concentration
If you ever tried reading a book while hearing others speaking, you know what I’m talking about. And if you haven’t been in this situation, I’m jealous.
But something positive does come out of it. Focusing is a lot easier after this much practice! 😛
So these are some of the reasons I believe books help us open our mind. To different cultures, to different ideas, to different worlds, to different versions of ourselves…
What is the thing you love the most about reading? Tell us below! 😀
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