Despite the fact that the first written symbols we have unearthed date from the 4th millennium BCE, writing and reading literature originated later.
The Wonder of Books
A woman wrote down some Mesopotamian hymns in 2300 BCE, effectively immortalizing them as the oldest form of artistic use of language ever written.
Everything changed after that – public readings, the creation of the printing press, libraries, and so on, all the way to modern-day technology and future ideas. Reading has become an integral part of our culture and history, allowing us to internalize stories, thoughts, emotions, and ideas while also connecting individuals in the present and across generations.
Books featuring the most renowned stories in history are selling in the millions, and new titles and authors are constantly adding to the list.
Today, books exist in a variety of formats, but they remain one of the most important sources of information and amusement, and they benefit your brain on both a mental and physical level.
Reading Improves Memory And Concentration
Your brain, like any muscle, strengthens with practice, and memory and focus are no exception. It helps your memory by forcing you to recall secondary characters, subplots, and connections created through the use of similar phrases, among other things. Reading is also more mentally taxing than listening or watching because it requires greater concentration, which you may improve by doing so.
Reading Increases Intelligence
Reading boosts overall intellect because it forces us to use our imagination. When we read, we are compelled to translate words into coherent stories and images, which is pure imagination. The other element is self-evident but nevertheless worth mentioning: the more you read, the more you learn, and the more you learn, the more brilliant you become.
Reading Helps With Sleep And Stress
Many people have difficulties sleeping these days, and reading a book before bed can help. When you look at your phone, the blue light it emits disrupts your biological clock, affecting your sleep schedule and quality.
Reading, on the other hand, eliminates the need to look at your phone and relaxes you, making it easier to fall asleep. Reading has also been shown to reduce stress by focusing your whole attention on the book and diverting your attention away from your current concerns.
According to research, it is more effective in reducing stress than listening to music, drinking tea, or going for a walk.
Reading Helps With Depression And Empathy
Reading transports you to another realm, diverting your attention away from the bad ideas that plague you in real life. It can also help you see things from a fresh perspective and make you feel understood, all of which are crucial while dealing with depression.
Reading about other people’s feelings and thoughts can also help you understand them better and apply what you’ve learned to your own life. Your emotional intelligence and empathy will improve as a result of this.
Reading Builds Vocabulary
This one is obvious, but that doesn’t make it any less important. It’s much easier to learn new words when they’re part of a compelling story.
More to the point, reading basic stories in a foreign language is a very beneficial activity on almost any level. And, with so many topics to read about, discovering new interests is a natural part of the process. It serves as a source of motivation for both learning and experiencing new things.