Reading is incredibly good for the mind both from a mental health perspective and from a general learning perspective. Reading helps you to broaden your ideas and become more creative. Reading has multiple benefits.
Finding the time or knowing what the read can be common excuses but there is no shortage of interesting and engaging books.
Reading fiction facilitates a more open and creative mind
A study from the University of Toronto showed that those who read fiction books are more likely to be open-minded and achieve “cognitive closure” when presented with an alternative solution or outcome than those who read non-fiction.
The study said that whilst non-fiction was adequate in helping students to understand the subject matter it didn’t necessarily help them to think about it. Fiction books present things in unknown circumstances and encourage people to think outside the box.
You live longer if you read
A research team at Yale studied a group of people over 50 and found that those who read for at least 30 minutes a day lived a huge 23 months longer compared to those who didn’t read at all or simply read magazines. Reading is said to engage your mind more and develop language, thinking and concentration skills further.
It’s possible to read 50 books in a year
At first this might seem like an incredibly daunting task but with a few changes it is more than possible. Simply switching time on your phone or TV to reading time can allow you to find more time to read. Travelling to and from work, before bed or while waiting for a friend are all times that can be spent reading instead of wasting time on your phone or TV.
Successful people read
It’s no secret that the world’s most successful people, particularly entrepreneurs, have long been dedicated readers. Many of them attribute certain books and even just reading in general to where they are today. Reading helps to open the mind and present a variety of unseen circumstances or motivations.
Men such as Phil Knight, Richard Branson, Elon Musk and Bill Gates have produced books of their own by now but they also offer an extensive list of recommended books that helped them to get where they are today through inspiration and challenges.