You often hear about major CEOs reading a lot of literature and claiming that it helps them stay focused and ultimately helps them be successful. Over the years there have been many studies that try to quantify the power of books and the effects they have on people. This article will take a quick look at just how beneficial reading books can be not just for our everyday lives but also our working lives.
One of the main findings from the past few decades of research into literature is that it keeps the brain working. A working brain is a happy brain so it seems, just like a muscle in the body, the more we work it the more powerful it becomes. It also helps longevity, and studies have even shown that reading books and keeping your brain active and engaged can slow and possibly even prevent the onset of dementia.
It almost goes without saying that when you read a book, you are essentially filling your head with new information. The more information you have, the more prepared you are for challenges in life and work. You are also increasing your vocabulary, which enables you to be well-spoken and articulate yourself in a clear, understandable manner.
Another benefit is the improvements that a regular reading habit can make to your concentration and attention span. We are always hearing about how TV and mobile phones are nurturing a shorter attention span in people, especially younger generations that are never off their phones.
Other benefits include improved analytical thinking as well as improved memory function. Reading fiction work especially involves remembering characters and plot developments in order to fully grasp the book, and there is usually some degree of analysis involved in most good fictional pieces. There are even more benefits to be had but this is the main ones that can help you become a success.