Reading can seem pretty boring at times and for the most part, it can ruin the idea of having fun. I mean, is there really a point to read in the first place? If it’s not for school assignments or work-related activities then is it really that important? For individuals having these thoughts on an everyday basis, you might want to take a step back and analyze the practice of reading a bit more. When coming out of a rigorous school system, the motivation to read can be thrown out the window. It’s fine to have these initial perspectives on the matter but what if there was a way to actually benefit from reading 30 minutes to an hour every day? Furthermore, there is a wide variety of genres to choose from. Not every book has the vocabulary patterns that mirror a textbook, there are books that are easy to read and enjoyable. With many options to choose from it can be difficult to pick which genre would benefit you the most. Ask yourself whether you like to hear more about a certain subject rather than hear about a certain story. If you find action movies enjoyable, then maybe you would be open to reading fictional stories that include a bit of fast-paced action in them. If you catch yourself listening to videos about self-improvement, then your best bet may be to go with the genre of personal-growth. Literature in today’s day and age is formatted for almost all reading levels, which means that people from all over the world might find some content that is not only interesting to them but to you as well. Some of the world’s most successful people are fans of reading, one of these people is Bill Gates. Mr. Gates is one of the nation’s most influential people when it comes to technology and figuring out world problems. Although he tends to read many books at a time, you can tell that the consistency he gives to the habit itself shows remarkable results. With the help of many of the world’s successful minds and a little bit of my personal experience, here are three beneficial secrets that no one tells you about reading.
Boosting your memorization
One of the most common issues that the human race faces is the skill of memorization. For me, I know there are many ways to improve the habit itself but at times I’ve caught myself saying “Oh, that’s easy to remember.” Have you ever entered into a new work environment with new employees and find yourself building up anxiety because there are too many new names to remember? Memorization is not one of our strong suits as humans, but like mentioned before there are many ways to increase your memory, luckily reading has helped me with that problem almost immediately. When giving yourself almost an hour every day to reading pages of your favorite novel, there is a process going on in your brain that is boosting the overall strength of your memory. There’s a technique that some of the top students in the world use for any upcoming test or project and which is the method of “reading for the future.” “If students can readily answer that question and if they can picture future situations in which they will use the information, they will be better primed to remember it (https://tomprof.stanford.edu/posting/1544).” These thoughts that occur in your head while reading start to turn into images that are more familiar to us. Now, when taking a test or trying to remember what’s on your to-do list, your brain has already synced these bullets into mental pictures that are easy to understand on the spot. You can bring this new enhanced memory skill onto future books that you read. Within the books, you may see familiar topics that are being referenced and now you’ll have the opportunity to either agree with those familiar statements or choose to argue with them due to your memory learning skills.
Expanding your knowledge
Everybody receives a different amount of knowledge in the span of a day. Depending on what you read can determine how much of that knowledge is good and how much of an effect it will have in your life. When reading, we explore the minds of different authors and their perspectives/opinions. Their already known knowledge starts to become our common knowledge as well. Using techniques like highlighting and summarizing, can help you retain this information at a more efficient rate. If your a naturally curious person like me, then you may find that reading about new topics is not only fascinating but a stress reliever as well. In the words of Thomas Jefferson himself “Knowledge is power.” Once you apply the process of reading into your daily list of routines, you’ll find that certain lines that you read will make you realize some things about topics that you already knew about. For instance, say you’ve been fascinated by the Statue of Liberty all your life, when reading a book about the world’s greatest monuments, you might stumble upon a fact about the statue that makes a lot of sense now but didn’t know before reading, like how it was originally made in France. These facts can also be referred to as what I like to call “hidden knowledge.” Once your knowledge starts to expand, you’ll become more appreciative of the art and will look forward to it more than regular.
With your new knowledge about a particular book that you’ve been reading for quite some time now, you are ready to use this knowledge in your upcoming conversations. When talking with friends, there can be a point where the conversation itself takes a quiet turn or you guys may just run out of things to talk about. While this is natural for many relationships, it can sometimes cause us to become a bit uncomfortable and questionable about what the meaning behind your conversations are. To limit these interactions that seem unbearable at times, you simply apply some of the knowledge you’ve read about in the current book that your reading. Don’t be afraid to pick at your friend’s brain and see what they think about the matter. These topics can usually come from books that are focused on psychology or even current events. These books were made for a reason, not only are they interesting to read, but they were meant to be talked about upon many. I’ve started using this brain teaser as of recently in my conversations with close ones and I find myself learning more about that person and how they use their critical thinking skills. I’ve asked questions about their thoughts on a certain philosophy or even what they think of politics right now in the current world. It’s not only fun to have these conversations but they also bring up more uncomfortable questions that needed to be asked in a more casual manner.
Hopefully, these benefits about reading will open you up to reading more often and give you the results that you’re looking for. The habit may take time to implement in your everyday life but can be used whenever you feel that the time is right. Reading in itself should be enjoyable for everyone, although it can sometimes get a bad rep, it’s one of the most effective habits that you can implement into your toolkit. I leave my readers with a quote from American poet Henry David Thoreau that says “Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.”