Why Reading is your Passport to Success

512px-2008_reading_book_3124785808Many people consider reading, particularly of novels and stories, to be a waste of time that could be better spent doing other things. Some also think that reading should be confined to school or a course of study. However, the benefits of regular indulgence in stories and novels cannot be underestimated. Here are five compelling reasons for you to enjoy a good book.

Reading will improve:

1. Your Ability to concentrate

In this digitally enhanced age, people are accustomed to the constant use of fast moving technology. There are many benefits to this, but using computers, tablets and smart phones has a significant effect on concentration levels. Reading forces us to slow down and focus. That focus, if exercised regularly, can help us concentrate better in any given situation: work, study, exams, and relationships.

2. Writing Skills

Regularly reading stories or novels will mean that you’re getting frequent exposure to text that follows a logical structure, is spelt correctly and follows grammatical conventions. It also means you are exposed to new words. The result of this is an improvement in your writing skills and a better vocabulary. This is invaluable whether you’re completing a course of study or are employed in almost any capacity.

3. Ability to empathise

Reading novels helps you to understand other people. By getting to know different characters within various settings or contexts, and absorbing yourself in the story, you’ll improve your ability to appreciate the feelings of your family, colleagues and friends. As a result, your relationships with other people and the way you communicate will be significantly improved.

4. Analytical Skills

If you’re a regular reader, you’ll be much better at analysing any given situation, whether it is related to your personal life, course of study or career. You’ll be better able to consider the consequences and results of your actions, because reading teaches you to evaluate people, places and situations.

5. Memory

Reading novels is a great pleasure, but it’s also a fantastic form of exercise for your brain. Like any other part of your body, it is a case of ‘use it or lose it’! Reading regularly will exercise your ability to absorb and retain information. If you’re good at taking things in and remembering them, you’re going to be at a significant advantage when it comes to studying for and passing exams; being successful in your chosen career; and gaining achievements and successes in your personal life.

Reading is not merely about enjoying stories, it can literally change your life. Enjoying a good book on a regular basis will not only provide great pleasure but it could also help you to be more successful in every area; what’s not to like about that?

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I'm a former English teacher and private tutor who is passionate about education. I've been writing professionally for the past three years and have written educational worksheets for use in schools as well as contributing to an educational journal. I've also written on every other topic under the sun!

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