Mental Benefits of Reading - How Books Keep You Grounded
Our culture must maintain brain power and the ability to learn if we expect to succeed as individuals and as a society. That means we must retrain ourselves to focus for extended periods of time and to retain information through the enjoyable exercise of simply reading!
Our habits as a society have changed drastically and very quickly with the development of social media, smartphones, and technology. The only thing is, they might not be actually making us smarter. Our attention span is now down to just a few seconds, which means that our nervous system is constantly taxed and we aren’t able to focus on long-term goals; we are instead seeking instant forms of gratification and income.
In order to hold onto our ability to learn as individuals and as a society, we need to keep reading. Here are some really hard-hitting reasons you should be reading daily and how it will give you an edge in today’s chaotic technological boom.
Read to Make Steady Progress Toward Your Goals
While everyone else is “busy” looking at 5-second videos of dogs, scanning through pictures of what other people are eating, and seeing every baby under age 2’s play-by-play, you can actually get things done and work towards goals you feel passionate about.
We know that long-term goals take dedication, relentless willpower, and lots of learning. Sustained efforts to read often will lead to real change. Staying grounded and taking action towards your goals means that in 10 years you’ll have accomplished so much more. Plus, your bookshelves will look a lot more impressive.
Reading Makes Your Mind Work Better
Studies have shown that reading helps the memory, reduces the onset of dementia and Alzheimers, as well as keeps your brain strong so you can compute and analyze when needed. Besides keeping the analytical side of the brain active which helps you stay organized and learn how to be an influential member of society who is intelligent, informed, and able to converse with a strong vocabulary, reading also feeds the creative side of the brain where your unlimited potential lives.
If you were born in a family that saw limited outcomes for your future, or if you’ve always felt like you weren’t truly capable of being happy and fulfilled in life, books offer you insights into the minds of our greatest leaders and thinkers so that you can expand your consciousness. If you want to be fulfilled, you need to figure out how to be a part of the solution to the real issues society faces today. Reading spiritual books by enlightened mystics can truly open our minds to experience reality in a different way where we become empowered in our thinking and are able to overcome setbacks while unleashing our greatest potential to be of service to humanity. We can learn how to be better humans in so many ways simply by reading the works of those who have studied a subject extensively and synthesized information that sometimes took many years to compile and build.
Reading Allows Your Body To Recover From Stress
From a health perspective, we are not a very relaxed society these days. I often regret teaching my mother about social media because I miss our conversations and the times before we began constantly checking our phones. Having unlimited distractions and options literally at our fingertips puts an unhealthy sense in our minds that something “better” could be one click away and we are less inclined to value what is right in front of us.
We need real face time.
We need to sit in a room with people just appreciate each other’s company more. We need to regain our ability to sit in silence with another human, relax, and read. Expanding our minds needs to be an important part of our culture and we need to encourage others to keep doing it. Who is going to get us to Mars if we aren’t even able to remember what we did the day before?
Last year Entrepreneur.com reported the average American spends 2 hours per day on social media.
And what can we say we have learned from this time? We know the effects of social media and technology can contribute to depression, isolation, and identity crises, so why are we spending 14 hours a week on our phones? What’s most scary is that we haven’t seen the long-term effects and what it’s like to live in a society whose ability to learn and hold conversations is being severely stunted. What will happen to the roads, the bridges, the skyscrapers, and the courtrooms which all require highly educated specialists to keep them functioning?
If we do not make reading a priority, our brains will cease to function in a useful way and we will become illiterate, unable to learn the most basic new skills like cooking or doing an oil change. As a society, that means we’re making negative progress. However, if we make it our mission to become self-aware people in our communities and cultures, we can regain our ability to focus and start to use technology to do actual good in the world.
If you yearn to be a hero, pick up a book today and then do it again tomorrow. Turn your brain on again and even consider taking brain supplements and eating superfoods that feed your brain so it will regrow. We could end up with no memory, no focus and literally be at the whim of the few who still can plan and think well. Let’s not give our power away one more day to these social media frenzies which give us anxiety and a false sense of who we really are.
Here are 5 Books To Inspire Your Soul to get you started on your next read. Also, check out the 5 Best Apps to Help You Create New Habits so your phone will can help you reach your goals instead of pushing you further away from them.