Why You Need To Read

5 Reasons Why You Need To Read

It’s understandable why less people are reading these days – there are so many distractions keeping us from our books that it can be easy to forget them altogether.

Reading takes time. For experienced readers, tackling a 400-page novel might only take 6 or 7 hours – but for a less capable reader, that same task could take literally days. This challenge can often prove to simply be too much for beginner readers, who would rather pick up their phones instead of finishing their book.

If this sounds familiar then maybe you should have a look at our five examples of how reading could help you:

Improves your communication skills

The more you read, the wider your vocabulary will be and the better you will be able to communicate with other people, both verbally and through writing. Being able to communicate effectively to a wide range of people is an important part of being a good human being, allowing you to build relationships with a wide range of people and further improve yourself.

Increases your employability

The knock-on effect of improving your communication skills is that you’ll also be more employable as a result. One of the most common traits that employers are looking for is ‘interpersonal skills’. Although this might sound like a silly buzzword, it’s a term that encompasses being able to relate to other people, building relationships and managing teams. A strong reading skill is the basis of all these ‘interpersonal skills’.

Makes you more culturally aware

The more books you read, the more culturally aware you will become. Whether you’re reading novels, travel books or scientific articles – the act of reading is synonymous with you absorbing culture. The more time that you spend absorbing another person’s culture, the more you will become aware of your own, making each book you complete an important lesson regarding yourself and the world around you.

Helps to inform your own writing

Although many people would consider that they don’t need to write on a regular basis, in reality we are always engaging in the act of reading and writing – it simply occurs within our minds. By reading more, you will be able to consider the effect that using certain words and sentence structures have on the reader. The more you think about this, the more care you will take in your written communications.

Opens doors to other language

It’s pretty hard to learn another language if you can’t read or write your native tongue. Improving your reading skills will make your more capable of learning a new language, opening up options for travelling and meeting you new people. Getting a firm grip on how your own language works makes you that much more capable of learning someone else’s.