“Books are many things: lullabies for the weary, ointment for the wounded, armor for the fearful and nests for those in need of a home”
Technology has definitely made a great impact in our society today. Before, people have to think of ways just to keep themselves from getting bored; today we have gadgets and apps to keep us entertained all day long. We have to wait for weeks and months before we get word from our friends and loved ones who are living on the other side of the world, while today, we can simply call or text them to know if they are doing fine. Reading books has also been a very popular pastime before but today, it seems like only few know the real value of books. Why do we need to read books? Here are some positive benefits of reading books:
Your vocabulary would expand at a much faster rate
Reading books helps you improve your vocabulary. With books, you get to encounter words that you have never heard of; it also helps you internalize those new words. Instead of reading the whole dictionary to find new words, reading books is the easiest way for you to enhance your vocabulary. Why do I need to increase my vocabulary? Having an outstanding vocabulary can help you make a good impression either when you are looking for a job or even friends. An articulate person also always seem smarter than the rest of us. And no, they don’t even need to graduate with flying colors; a person who can express themselves well will always look a bit smarter than the rest of us.
Your brain’s connectivity is enhanced
Reading books keeps your brain active and strong. The comprehension and concentration that are required when reading books enhance your brain’s connectivity. Activities such as reading that stimulate the brain help reduce the risk of developing conditions like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Compared to watching TV, reading books make you think, focus, and comprehend—all these help your brain exercise. Reading books doesn’t only expand your vocabulary; it also makes you smarter by keeping your brain active.
You can travel around the world without spending money
This is actually my favorite reason why you should love reading books. Books have the power to make you travel not just around the world but from present to past (and the future!) too. Yes! Books are veritable time machines! Who says I am centuries late to have witnessed Abraham Lincoln deliver the Gettysburg Address, Queen Marie Antoinette of France getting beheaded, or American soldiers celebrating the end of World War II? I read books and I have been a secret witness to the glorious past. Do you want to travel to the far corners of the earth or back in time? Read books.
A book is more than just a written work consisting of pages replete with words. They improve your vocabulary, stimulate your brain, and make you travel around the world. Can you think of any gadgets or inventions that can get you all of these positive benefits that reading books have? I doubt.