9 Reasons Why You Should Read a Book a Week

9 Benefits of Reading a Book a Week

It’s no secret:

Reading stretches your thinking power.

A men with a net worth $1.56 billion  (2017) one said:

Spend each day trying to be a little wiser than you were when you woke up.Charlie Munger

Billionaire Charlie Munger is known to be a book on legs. He understands one little secret:

The books in your shelf are like a group of personal coaches, mentors, and consultants. They‘re available to you seven days a week, 24 hours a day. And, best of all, they‘re willing to serve you in exchange for your attention.

In my whole life, I have known no wise people who didn’t read all the time — none, zero.Charlie Munger

Here’s more…

9 Reasons Why You Should Read a Book a Week

#01 – Reading expands your creativity.

It’s quite simple: If your only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. Yet, fill your mental tool shed with new tools… and your perception grows, new possibilities arise.

Uploading information to your brain through reading tickles your brain-cells and results in a denser supply of mental resources. Therefore, if you‘re an avid reader, you‘re better equipped to come up with innovative thoughts and ideas.

Books open your mind, broaden your mind, and strengthen you as nothing else can.William Feather

#02 – Amplify your active vocabulary. Improve linguistic skills.

A study conducted be Cunningham and Keith Stanovich reveals that reading improves vocabulary.

When reading, let‘s say, for 30 min. day, we bombard our brain with hundreds of words. The effect? We (a) deposit new words into our mental facility and, (b) activate passive ones. Thus enables you to think and express yourself on a higher level.

There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.Walt Disney

#03 – Become more knowledgeable than people around.

A consistent reading habit increase your knowledge and understanding on a wide variety of topics.

This, for sure, depends on what you read. But most books carry wisdom-nuggets waiting for you to be harvested.

If we think about it, all that a university or final highest school can do for us, is still but what the first school began doing — teach us to read.

We learn to read in various languages, in various sciences; we learn the alphabet and letters of all manners of books. But the place where we are to get knowledge, even theoretic knowledge, is the books themselves.

It depends on what we read, after all manners of professors have done their best for us. The true university of these days is a collection of books!Thomas Carlyle

#04 – Books are like mentors.

We, as human beings, are greatly susceptible to attitudes, ways of thinking, habits of those we surround ourselves with. This holds true for personalities in the form of books. You imprint the attitudes and habits portrayed in the book on your subconscious mind.

Pick books of authors you admire and let them shape you.

I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.Ralph Waldo Emerson

#05 – Delay or even prevent Dementia and Alzheimer.

Studies have shown that flexing your mind muscles through reading can keep brain-corrosion at bay.

Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body. As by the one, health is preserved, strengthened, and invigorated: by the other, virtue (which is the health of the mind) is kept alive, cherished, and confirmed.Joseph Addison

#06 – Reduce stress.

Opening a book is like opening a door to a different world. In most cases, this means you can leave worries and stress behind for some time. Actually, in 2009, a study revealed that reading only six minutes a day can already reduce your stress for up to 68%!

Books are a uniquely portable magic.Stephen King

#07 – Boost your analytical thinking.

A Cunningham study revealed that reading hones our ability to see patterns, thus, you lift your ability to think analytically.

If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.Ralph Waldo Emerson

#08 – Improve memory.

Researchers assert that reading can strengthen your memory.

Reading stimulates your neural networks, forms new memories and reinforces the ones you have. In fact, reading adds new storage capacity to your mental storehouse without conscious effort at memorization. In a nutshell, reading is a brain workout that not only boosts memory. It also delays aging and fends off dementia.

Books are the training weights of the mind.Epictetus

#09 – Become a better writer.

Reading exposes you to diverse writing styles, which you can later on evolve into your own style. Each author has a unique way of creating scenarios and events you can learn from.

If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot… reading is the creative center of a writer’s life… you cannot hope to sweep someone else away by the force of your writing until it has been done to you.Stephen King

 

How many minutes should you read a day to finish one book a week?

The average adult reads 250 words per minute. According to Amazon, the median length for all books is about 64,000 words.  That means you spend about 256 minutes for one book in total. If daily reading becomes your habit then…

Read only 36.5 minutes a day to finish the average book in a week.

You‘ll find, it‘s easy to built a reading habit. Here‘re a few tips to get going:

  • Begin by reading at least 15 minutes every single day. Your first goal is to establish a strong habit-foundation. If you feel like it, read longer. But, don’t skip a day.
  • Slowly add more time until you’ve reached at least 30 minutes.
  • If, at any time, you get bored with one book, simply grab another one. It‘s no big deal to read multiple books at the same time.
  • Shut out distractions. Switch off your mobile while reading.

Now, imagine you can keep at it…

You‘ll devour about 52 books a year!

That will put you head and shoulders above the rest.

Join the small handful of people who read more than a book a year.

Only a fool learns though his own experience, but the wise person learns through the experience of others. Obviously, learning through the experience of others is a far more efficient way of gaining wisdom, because you avoid wasting all the time, energy, and expense normally associated with learning from your own experience.Robert Ringer

Become a book devouring learning machine.

Ready. Set. Read!

 

P.S: Leave a comment below and let me know what book you‘re reading and what you‘ve gotten out of it.

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