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Your brain is like a muscle. You need to keep it stimulated. And this is what you do when you are reading. People who read constantly reduce the chance of getting the Alzheimer's or Dementia. We always try to figure out the plot, to see what happens between the lines, to connect the story to the real world and relate to it.
You will be smarter and being smart is cool! The more you read, the more you will know about world literature, but not only that. You will be interested in the writers and reading about them will tell you a lot about the country they are coming from. Also, you can learn from the stories, characters, etc, and the knowledge you get from books is invaluable.
Finding a well-spoken eloquent person can be a challenge. Those who read always learn new vocabulary and that can help them with any profession. Even though learning new words doesn't improve speaking skills directly, you will be able to use them and that alone will boost your confidence.
If you don't have the reading habits, you will probably become restless after half an hour of reading. But once you get used to reading regularly, you can go for hours. The great thing about it is that you can focus on the other things as well. Your concentration will drastically improve.
With books, you will be able to relax completely. It is a great way to calm down if you had a stressful day at work. It has been proven that reading can help people with some sort of mood disorder. If you don't know how to unwind, try reading.
Enhanced Writing Skills
The great thing about books is that you will encounter writers from different countries and different areas. The writing styles differ from one region to another, plus the large number of topics is covered from various angles, etc. This diversity will help you develop your writing skills. You will encounter various sentence constructions, phrases you can use and without even practicing writing, you will see that it is much better than it used to be.
Mystery novels, for example, are great for developing analytical thinking. Here is a challenge: Try to read the title and predict what the book is about. Work out the details in your head and see how much you guess. Also, when you start reading, always try to predict what will happen next. Analyze the characters, judge the situation they are in and just toy with it.
What are some other benefits of reading books? Did you notice some of these? Feel free to share your experience in the comments.