In this day and age, more often than not parents choose to entertain their kids with smartphones and tablets just to get them to quiet down, instead of encouraging them to engage in other activities like… say… reading?!
Not that these devices are a bad thing. In fact, they can be useful tools to educate children too – hence smart devices – but looking at these screens over long periods of time is not very healthy. It’s quite alarming to see an increased number of children wearing glasses at such early ages nowadays.
That being said, these five benefits of reading might be enough reason for you to gather your kids on your free time and have everyone grab a book to read:
1. It provides a temporary escape from everyday stress
Work and life got you all worked up? No worries. Pick up a good title and let your imagination run wild in a world beyond our own. Fiction does this best, but what title you choose to read is entirely up to you. The point is reading can help you forget all that’s going on around you and perhaps become a powerful wizard, even if only for a few hours!
2. It helps you stay sharp
Our brain works just a like our muscles. Give it regular workouts and it’ll stay sharp. Reading keeps the brain engaged and helps to keep Alzheimer’s and dementia at bay. Yes, smart devices can be used for reading too, but let’s just admit it, we all have the tendency to tap on that YouTube, Facebook or Mobile Legend icon instead. So, yeah why not reach for a book instead, eh?
3. It helps you become a better writer
Have you ever wondered how certain people can write with ease, but it takes you an age to come up with a single paragraph? Reading is a great way to expand your vocabulary. You’ll learn new words you might not have encountered before, which could come in handy the next time you’re thinking of penning something that’ll impress your peers.
4. Reading fills you up with knowledge
This one’s a no-brainer. Reading enriches you with new bits of information every time you pick up a book, a newspaper or a magazine to read. The more books you read, the more knowledgeable you will become, and the more knowledge you have, the better you are at dealing with whatever situations or challenges that may come your way.
5. It boosts your thinking skills
No matter what title you decide to pick up and read – the latest mystery novel, an article on how to take better photos, a cookbook or even an instructional piece on how to set-up a fish tank, you are bound to run into problems that need solving or questions you’re just itching to find the answers to. Sometimes, they require you to analyse the situation and think on how to solve everything yourself, and sometimes it requires further research. But the main point here is that reading helps to develop your analytical and thinking skills.
So, have you read any good book lately?