In a world where everyone is busy, it can be hard to find the time to read books daily in addition to work, marriage, kids, homes and on and on. But it is so worth it, as the benefits to you are life changing. You can be so focused on performing tasks to improve your life and the lives of your family and friends, that you can overlook how reading books can have transformative powers. In this post, I will tell you 13 of the benefits of reading books daily that can change your life then briefly describe my own reading journey.
So, in a fast-moving world, what’s in it for you?
What Are the Benefits of Reading Books Daily?
- Mental stimulation.
- Stress reduction.
- Increased knowledge and vocabulary.
- Better writing skills.
- Improved focus.
- Improved concentration.
- Helps you solve particular problems.
- Improved conversational skills.
- Increased empathy and worldview.
- Helps you stay off of phone/social media.
- Better sleep.
- Cheap entertainment.
My Reading Journey
I was a bookworm from the beginning. I started reading around age 4, when I handed my mom a mini book and said, “I think I just read this to myself” and then proceeded to read the short, simple sentences to her. I still remember the feeling of being so enthralled when she told me I had read it correctly. Afterward, my favorite television show was Reading Rainbow. I loaned each book mentioned from the library. I later grew into The Baby-Sitters Club books (now available on Audible!) and could read them faster than my mom could buy them. (Remember them?!)
I was interested in the outdoors and crafts, but books — that was my thing. Especially in a non-digital age, a good book felt like an escape into another world and an opening of my mind to people, places and things I may never know otherwise. I liked reading and writing so much that I just knew, by around age 12, that I would become a lawyer one day. I also hoped to write a book from a young age, but that dream has yet to come to fruition (although I am writing via this blog!).
As an adult, reading books daily has become a similar escape and expansion of knowledge that I so greatly value. A good Audible book gets me through rush-hour commutes and housecleaning, and a well-written book keeps me from watching bad reality tv or mindlessly scrolling Instagram (and, by the way, these are great ways to “squeeze in” time for reading books).
Getting lost in a story helps me to wind down and forget my own problems. And sitting in peace is, well, peaceful. The more I know, the more informed my actions are, and I have noticed myself making better decisions. For that, I am grateful.
You can also pin to Pinterest these 13 life-changing benefits of reading books daily because you may need a reminder to yourself and want to offer a calling to others:
Make a commitment to yourself that you and your family are worth these life-changing benefits of reading books daily. It can be just as mean as a good night of sleep or a healthy diet. Every journey starts with one step — or, one page in this case!
And if you already read books daily, then up the ante! Start or increase your own reading challenge on GoodReads. (You can even add me as a friend.)