National Book-Lovers Day: The Benefits of Reading
With National Book Lovers Day right around the corner (August 9th), Rymax wants to take a minute to recognize all of the benefits that reading for pleasure can have on you personally and in the workplace. Just like many other parts of your body, it is important to work out your brain regularly to maintain your levels of productivity and attention. Some studies have even shown that the more you stimulate your brain, the more likely you are to slow the progress of, or even prevent, mental degenerative diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Besides these health benefits, there are numerous other positive outcomes of reading that can help you improve both in and out of the office.
- Stress Reduction: Feeling overwhelmed at work or at home? What better way to relax and unwind than by sneaking off into a silent corner and slipping into a book. If you can allow yourself to get caught up and lost in the pages, you’ll find an escape from the worries that were weighing you down. Returning to the real world after a few calming chapters will give you the ability to reexamine your problems and find a solution.
- Increase in Vocabulary: There is a reason why the expression “well read” connotes to a smarter individual. People who read more are exposed to more words than those who do not. As a result, they see their vocabulary expanding and eventually begin to incorporate those words into their everyday use. Someone who speaks with intelligence and confidence is invaluable not only in the workplace but out of the office as well.
- Memory Enhancement: For those of us who have a bad memory and find difficulty in remembering to do even our daily routine, reading might be a way for you to improve your memory function. Reading triggers various memorization techniques: from remembering different characters and locations, to recalling plot points, reading actually requires ample memory function. While this might sound daunting at first, the brain actually makes it easier and easier the more you do it. By creating new memories, like from reading for example, you actually create new brain synapses or brain paths as well as bolstering your present brain synapses, improving your short term memory performance.
- Improve Critical Thinking Skills: The practice you get when reading a good book and discovering the different outcomes of plotlines and character development can be directly correlated to improving problem solving. Practice makes perfect, and the more you practice your critical thinking analysis when reading will spill over into other aspects of your life, including work. The more effective you can problem solve at work, the more productive you will be.
- Stronger Writing Skills: Similar to improving your vocabulary, the stronger writing you read, the stronger your writing will become. Whether it is picking up on a professional authors sentence structure, conciseness, or clarity, the more you expose yourself to great writing, the closer you will come to becoming a great writer. Writing skills are one of, if not the, most important attributes to have in the workplace and can always be improved upon.
Instead of watching that extra episode on Netflix before you go to bed, pick up a book instead and take advantage of the benefits that reading can give you.