“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . . The man who never reads lives only one.” – George R.R. Martin.
I saw this quote, and I couldn’t agree more. Reading is perhaps one of the best things one can do for oneself, and perhaps is the fastest way to self-development. One of the best things about reading is the inability to run out of reading materials. There are well over a million published books in the world, with at least one to match every personality and interest that exists in the world. Which, in essence, means that there is something for you to read, no matter what you like – fiction, drama, suspense, romance, non-fiction, biographies, law, crime, war… name it. There’s something for you.
Now, I understand that sometimes it might feel like there isn’t enough time, and reading could start to feel like a luxury you can’t afford. But if you could give me a couple reasons to convince you to read more…
- Reading makes you a cat. Not in the creepy, Nigerian-movie kind of way, but reading gives you more than just one life. A good book gives you a portal to any country of the world, and any era of your choice. It gives you exposure you might not necessarily be able to afford in real life, and all you have to do is flick your wrists – turn the page.
- Vocabulary development. The logic to this one is pretty simple. The more you read, the more words you pick up. The more words you pick up, the stronger your vocabulary. So if you’re looking to speak better, write better, or just know more words, reading is a great place to start.
- Beat age-induced dementia. Research has shown that when cognitive ability is employed a lot in the early and mid-life of a person, the age-induced decline in cognition is slowed down. Which, in essence, means that if you read a lot when you’re young, the probability of getting dementia in old age is reduced, or at the very least, slowed down.
- Become a people-person. When you invest a lot of time reading books, it aids your interpersonal skills, because in the course of reading you’re exposed to numerous characters, and from every point of view possible, such that when you do meet such characters in real life, there’s experience in dealing with them. And for the ones you’ve not encountered in the pages of your books, well you’d be willing to read them!
- Fall asleep easily. Reading before bed helps you fall asleep faster because it helps take your mind off the stress of the day, it relaxes you, and when made into a routine, reading before bed sends a signal to your brain that it’s time to shut down for the day. Thus, catching a couple Z’s becomes a lot easier.
So there you have it! Amazing things a good book would do for you. From me to you, I would advise to trade in e-books for good old paperbacks. Some time away from all this technology would be great for you!
Edughele Yvonne has been a writer since 2016, and has ghost-written over 10 books so far. A graduate of University of Lagos, she has gone ahead to get a certificate in Consumer Behavior Psychology. Yvonne resides in Lagos, Nigeria.