Reading is one of the activities that defines us as humans and, however, has lost popularity in the modern world, due to new and less demanding forms of entertainment, such as television, movies and video games.
Thanks to reading we can enter wonderful worlds, know the minds of different people and explore the unknown. It is worthwhile to stop for a few minutes to reflect on the habit of reading because, in short, what does reading give us?
1. Reading is both a banquet and an exercise for the mind
Reading opens us to the infinite wealth of knowledge, stimulates our imagination, our senses and our emotions. It is a mental exercise in which our brain participates actively, ordering ideas, relating concepts and provoking reactions and opinions on our part.
This kind of brainstorm that occurs in our brain thanks to reading establishes new neuronal connections. Connections that favor critical thinking and prevent our cognitive functions, such as memory, concentration and attention, from deteriorating.
“Books are the quietest and most constant friends; they are the most accessible counselors and the most patient teachers.”
-Charles William Eliot-
2. Goes hand in hand with success
This is indicated by a study conducted at the University of Oxford, according to which those who are habitual readers in adolescence are more likely to achieve professional success in their third decade of life.
This is not surprising, if we take into account what we reviewed in the previous point about the benefits that this activity brings to our mind. The wealth of knowledge to which the reading exposes us is infinite and very valuable.
3. Unite people
Yes, reading improves social relationships in several ways. One of them is that, by providing new and diverse knowledge topics, it gives us what to talk about with others as conversation topics that we can share with other people.
The shock wave that starts in our brain connecting neurons to each other, continues to exert its effect when interconnected with others. And the phenomenon does not end there, since the exchange of ideas enriches the subject with new and unexpected perspectives and points of view that we had not considered, which in turn expands the potential of our brain.
Another way in which reading favors our social interaction: having a common interest in a book or a particular reading topic with a group of people gives a sense of belonging and closeness to the members of that group.
Finally, it has been proven that the reading of the narrative genre, in particular, favors empathy, since it makes us get involved and even identify with the feelings, dramas and emotions that the characters experience. Curious, right?
“Great books help you understand and help you to feel understood.”
4. Read commands the stress of walking
This can happen for several reasons: one, because by showing us varied circumstances that human beings live and have lived in different places, cultures and times, it makes us relativize our situation and see that our problems are not the only ones, nor the most serious ones. exist. This can also make us learn from other experiences, acquiring new resources to apply in life.
Reading is also useful as a therapy for stress because it is a pleasant activity in itself, that relaxes us and simply makes us enjoy such a pleasant activity.
Additionally, the reading of edifying themes that give us hope and show us constructive alternatives of how to see life, such as spiritual books, expands our possibilities and increases our well-being.