Have you ever been in a circumstance where you wanted so much to indulge in a conversation that was at its peak, and you were just clueless because though the words were coming up your throat you didn’t quite know how to express them. The people around you seem up to speed with the current events, and though you were well versed in the matter, you didn’t want to make a fool of yourself.
Imagine this scenario; you are with your date and his or her co-workers, the conversation gets heated up but though you are aware of what they are talking about you really can’t seem to join in the fun. You are scared of shaming yourself because your English is not quite poised to join in. You imagine having ‘typos’ in your conversation and a good argument that would have driven the message home is left hanging, actually leaving you looking like the clueless individual in the room or Casper the ghost.
Many of us find reading a complete waste of time, and the furthest we can go is a fascinating article in a magazine, and we leave it at that. Recently after following Abbie Lu’s blog, cafebookbean.com, I noticed I haven’t been much of a reader except my school work and that wasn’t enough. A lecturer asked a question, and I was giving the answer and was torn between which language I was supposed to use. Obviously, I was to use English, but it wasn’t coming out right. Then I knew something had to be done. I looked for those E-books I had downloaded and spend a couple of shillings adding my stock of books.
I remember starting reading story books just a few months into kindergarten, and it became my niche. Having a teacher for mom made it better because she invested on my need for more story books. I remember my best days were spent in the national library which was quarter an hour walk from our home.
Reading not only perfects our language and our skill of communication but also rejuvenates our spirit. When you read a fiction book, it stimulates your mind, makes your imagination run wild. Your emotions get engaged and give you the ability to imagine the circumstance to be something real.
Studies have shown that reading increases the size of your brain. Reading has been linked with changes in your brain. The changes are mainly in the language area of the brain and will improve your vocabulary, spatial awareness and ability to communicate. These skills are beneficial to anyone, even those who do not love reading.
The emotions in a book also develop your brain. Losing yourself in a book gives you the opportunity to be a part of the story, and feel the pain and other emotions the characters go through. In turn, this allows your brain to become more aware of how things affect people in the real world. This engagement will improve your ability to emphasize with other people and see when they need your help. Reading a variety of books also helps you know how to deal with different individuals under different circumstances. Additionally, it also helps you know how to compose yourself in diverse circumstances.
Any reading is beneficial to the brain but reading a physical book as opposed to an electronic book does provide a complete experience and more opportunities for your mind to improve physically and mentally. It is equally important to pick a genre that you enjoy because this is the only way you’ll find reading a pleasurable activity.
Either way, whatever you are comfortable with, just create a reading culture, and you will see the benefits that come with it.