How Reading Can Positively Affect Your Life
Your teachers and parents weren't lying when they told you before that reading was healthy and beneficial for you in the long run. They begin in early childhood and continue through the senior years. As it turns out, many of the world's most successful people are avid readers, and many of them consider reading as a key element in their success.
“Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary.”
- Jim Rohn (American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker)
And there are some of the biggest and famous readers of all time, from presidents, politicians, actors and musicians you’d love to know.
It's no secret that presidents love to read, but few had a passion for books as great as Abraham Lincoln. Despite having limited educational opportunities, he taught himself how to read.
Politicians certainly love their books, but few loved them as much as the United Kingdom's famed Prime Minister, Winston Churchill. He was a voracious reader who said literature greatly influenced his political and world views, and he loved any opportunity to interact with authors and writers.
Queen Elizabeth I
According to historians, when Queen Elizabeth I wasn't busy slaying the matriarchy, she happily spent her free time with her nose in a book. Apparently, the Queen was a book nerd before the term even existed.
The famed scientist loved to read, too. When he wasn't occupied solving the universe's greatest mysteries, he let himself unwind with books. He might not have been a beach reader, but he certainly loved reading.
You may not remember when Amazon launched as an online book company, but the online giant's founder did build his empire on his passion: reading. He might use an eReader now, but Jeff Bezos still enjoys reading for pleasure and for business.
If you think athletes don't like books too, you're wrong: according to basketball star LeBron James, reading actually benefits athletes tremendously.
Reading has a huge impact on your physical and mental health - that can last a lifetime!
Reading strengthens your brain
Reading has the power to change your mind. Researchers have proven that reading requires a complex network of circuits and messages in the brain using MRI images. Those networks become stronger and more sophisticated as your reading ability improves.
Brain scans revealed that brain connectivity increased throughout the reading period and for several days afterwards, particularly in the somatosensory cortex, the part of the brain that responds to physical sensations such as movement and pain.
It builds your vocabulary
Researchers discovered that students who read books on a regular basis from a young age gradually develop large vocabularies. And the size of your vocabulary can have an impact on many aspects of your life, from academic performance to college admissions and career opportunities.
According to a 2019 Cengage poll, 69 percent of employers want to hire people with skills and ability with effective communication. Reading books is the best way to broaden your vocabulary and learn new words and phrases.
Helps prevent aging
Reading books and magazines, according to the National Institute on Aging, is a good way to keep your mind active as you get older.
Although research has not conclusively proven that reading books prevents diseases such as Alzheimer's, studies show that seniors who read and solve math problems on a daily basis maintain and improve their brain ability.
Reduce the level of stress
The 30 minutes of reading from a study can reduce blood pressure, heart rate, and feelings of psychological distress just about as efficiently as yoga and humor.
Because time restrictions are one of the most frequent reasons for high stress levels reported by health science students. A 30 minutes of this technique can be easily integrated into their schedule without drawing attention away a large amount of time from their studies.
It gives you a better quality of sleep
6 mins. of reading, according to the study, relieves stress by 68%, calming the mind and conditioning the body for sleep.
Whether you're reading a physical book or a digital one, as long as your body and mind are fully engaged to absorb valuable and interesting information for you.
Tip: Use Night time Mode: Many cell phones, tablets, and other portable electronic devices are equipped with a “nighttime mode” that is easier on the eyes before bed. As one study noted, the most effective night time modes reduce blue light emissions and decrease the display’s brightness setting. You should manually dim the display if your device does not automatically adjust the brightness in nighttime mode.
Now is a great time to learn more about reading...
Here are 12 fascinating facts about reading that you probably didn't know:
American sociologists argue that children who’ve learned to read by the age of eight have fewer chances of being imprisoned in the future. Moreover, those kids are less likely to use drugs or to drop out of school.
In his entire criminal career, the most famous book thief, Steven Bloomberg stole 23,000 rare books from 268 libraries.
The total value of the stolen is estimated to be over $20 million! People who steal books are called bibliocleptomanes.
Well, if you enjoy reading and are deeply concerned about your vision, take speed-reading courses.
This skill helps to preserve vision and doubles your recall speed. It’s a win-win!
The books are the Holy Bible (6 billion copies), Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung (900 million), and the Harry Potter series (500 million copies sold).
Just think for a moment, every fifth adult in the world cannot read or write!
Two thirds of all illiterate people in the world are women, and every fourth teenager can’t read even the simplest sentence.
Incredible, but true! When reading, each of our eyes looks at a different letter 50% of the time.
Moreover, the lines of sight can both intersect and diverge.
Yes, you read that right: 189,819! That’s how many letters there are in the full name of titin — a giant protein.
The word is considered to be the longest in any language of the world. You can see that word here.
The fear of running out of something to read is called Abibliophobia.
There is an actual word for loving the smell of old books, and it’s called Bibliosmia.
Bibliophilia or bibliophilism is the love of books.
Bibliophobe - a person who hates, fears, or distrusts books.
LESESUCHT - An addiction to reading.
This is a very interesting fact. Anthropodermic bibliopegy is the term given to binding books in human skin.
There are actually several books known to be bound in human skin. Interestingly it was mainly doctors who bound these books.
There are also several books bound in animal skin.
Codex Leicester by Leonardo Da Vinci. It was purchased by Bill Gates for 30.8 million dollars.
This is the most expensive book in the world.
Bill Gates purchased the Codex Leicester in 1994 for $30.8 million. When you add inflation to that the book would cost $53.3 million.
If Bill Gates were to sell this book today we reckon the book would sell for a lot more.
What's your favorite books you love to read?
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