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7 Fascinating reasons why you should invest your time in reading



As a voracious reader and someone who has spent most of their childhood reading, the bias for book reading and literature comes naturally. However, we all know that there is a sizable population that simply does not read. Whether they are young or old, there are numerous reasons like ‘there are no pictures’,’it’s simply too long’,’I don't need to learn about this topic anyway’ and there will always be more.


An avid reader becomes a great leader

From the perspective of a book-reader, these reasons are just excuses but the non-readers definitely need some convincing to pick up a book.

Let's hope the points made below will convince you to start reading a genre of your choice!



Attention Span

While micro-blogging on famous sites like Twitter or Instagram seem like the next big thing in literature, we need to acknowledge that such posts only include content in a concise format and long stories, articles and blogs are an important form of expression.




However, due to scroll or swipe patterns that apps use to engage their audience, the attention span is decreasing rapidly and even massive bookworms find it hard to read through a book sometimes. In a world where everyone is moving towards the fast-paced and short content, be the one to take time and read for a longer amount to time. This will not only give you access to content ignored by the layman but also increase your attention span.


Creativity

There is no doubt that writing of any form needs varied levels of creativity. However, it is not only the writing but also the reading that invokes creative thoughts and ideas in the reader's mind.


"A varied bookshelf is always a buffet for the mind."

Books help you to open the unknown part of your brain


Fiction books, especially, can open one's mind to many different scenarios as well as ideas. The fiction genre is assumed to be all set in a virtual fantasy land where all endings are happy. However, that is not the case; fiction is often derived from real-life scenarios or experiences. These experiences, when set in a fictional world creates a space for discussion and transformation. You will find that absorbing creative ideas can turn out to be more resourceful while being a relaxing hobby.



Emotional Development

Reading biographies and autobiographies of successful people introduces the reader to a different set of problems that they never experience. Reading about their journey, the reader can understand a personality different from their own, making them more perceptible and understanding towards others problems. Reading books can also shape your views on relationships, politics and society, which also become an intrinsic part of their personality.



Power Moves

As highlighted in one of our earlier articles about the habits of successful people


One habit shared by all successful leaders is reading. The more you know, the better you can lead.

Reading increases focus, motivation and also confidence; some crucial qualities to make a better leader.

As there is no limit to what a person should read or not, the knowledge expanse of a good leader should be very vast. A lot of people tend to stick to the same genre or author once they find their niche in reading. In the long run, though, this might not be very productive. It is important to keep updating your reading list with new and different books.



Escapism

A quote by J.R.R tolkien states that -

"I have claimed that Escape is one of the main functions of fairy-stories, and since I do not disapprove of them, it is plain that I do not accept the tone of scorn or pity with which 'Escape' is now so often used. Why should a man be scorned if, finding himself in prison, he tries to get out and go home? Or if he cannot do so, he thinks and talks about other topics than jailers and prison-walls?"


As aptly said by the creator of one of the greatest fiction pieces, books of the fiction genre provide an escape to those who need it as a coping mechanism. While escapism is not suggested as a long term solution, it shelters the readers from the realities that may be too overwhelming or depressing.



Conversation Skills

Books are nothing but a conversation made with the readers, an attempt by the author to speak their mind and seek validation. Through different characters and literary devices, the readers can soak in many conversation styles subconsciously. As a result, they can relate better to conversations in a better and positive manner. You won't even notice that the time you spent on a hobby, is contributing to your interpersonal skills.




Introspection

As much as books help us to understand other characters and people, the most profitable part is the tranquility that comes from introspection. The more one reads into a book, the more they read into themselves. Reading everyday for even a short time can create a habit of silence and deep thinking, just like any meditation routine.




So, what will be the first book you read?

Comment your views below and let me know about your personal experiences from which readers could learn from.

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