Dr. Seuss wrote in one of his books, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you will go”. Reading books has scientifically proven to have more benefits than what we conventionally believed.
For many of us, the way a book can transport us into another world is rewarding enough. A book offers an escape from the realities of life and allows us to avoid stress in a harmless way.
This aside, researchers have come across some material but not immediately noticeable benefits:
1. Reading as a stress-buster:
Getting engrossed in any book can be an effective way to deal with stress. Reading is not just a distraction. Rather, it forces one to jog one’s imagination and actively create an alternative universe in one’s mind. This reduces stress temporarily.
2. Reading boosts intelligence:
Studies have shown higher IQ results are seen amongst the pre-teens who read frequently. Reading enriches the mind with information which may prove handy in a variety of situations. This is especially pronounced in the case of motivational books, philosophical books and autobiographies.
3. Reading improves vocabulary:
The more you read, the higher is the number of new words you learn. Being well-spoken and articulate helps in any profession as it helps make a better impression. This skill also helps you to put a point across easily.
4. Reading facilitates memory:
Every time you read an intriguing story, you remember its scenes, characters, plot and so much more. This is partly because you visualize the story and put yourself in the shoes of the protagonist. The amazing part is that every new memory you create forges new synapses and strengthens existing ones, which assists in short-term memory recall that is related to other tasks as well.
5. Reading helps develop good analytical skills:
If you read novels regularly, you will critique the author’s work. You can relate some stories to real life situations. Reading broadens your mind. You get to understand people and life better. If you need an activity to improve your critical thinking skills, reading is the answer.
Our team at CoKarya believes that reading books is one of the best things one can do in short breaks during working hours. This is why we make arrangements for a small library, warm coffee and comfortable seating in our spaces- we want our coworkers to get a few well-deserved moments of tranquillity whenever they need it!