Why Reading a Book Can Help Develop Your Fullest Potential

Thursday, November 10, 2016 0 Comments A+ a-

When time and money won't permit taking a vacation, one of the best alternatives is the type of imaginary travel that ignores both time and a budget. Books offer that type of get-a-way. You can leave your home and travel to the furthest corners of the world on the wings of a good book.

Many Windows of Opportunity...

Perhaps one of the best things we can teach our children to do is to learn how to read. Aside from the obvious benefits of developing literacy, reading opens up whole new worlds of your own choosing. Regardless of the genre, books allow you to go wherever you want, stay as long as you like, and do whatever you want to do. If you are reading that thriller that focuses on a character named Craig on Twitter, the plot can carry your emotions all the way up to the shocking conclusion, if the book holds our attention enough. The expansiveness of reading often stimulates creativity which can resurface in your actual life in terms of learning how to think outside the box and to use truly authentic ways to solve your own problems.

Unlimited Mental Stimulation...

If you've ever wanted to engage in an activity that allows you to be consistently stimulated, reading is that activity. It has the ability to keep the mind stimulated and active, unlocking wells of peace and positive feelings. Books also help to ease the ravages of a racing mind, and soothe a worrisome spirit: they also have a funny way of doing the heavy lifting of entertainment for us. As our eyes scan the pages of a book, we become the remote control, rewinding, fast-forwarding, and pausing as we see fit. These magical hard or soft bodied objects filled with paper and ink become like gardens of mystery, allowing us to linger, observe, and peruse the grounds of our own imagination till our hearts are content. Reading is one of the single most economical activities that we can allow our minds to actively engage in.

Our children are taught to develop this precious skill as soon as possible, which is a true treasure because reading opens many doors and allows us to accomplish many things, for business, personal, and professional purposes. At the very least, it's a wonderful guilt-free way to keep us entertained for hours, and at the very most, our ability to read can solve mysteries and give us both insight and instructions on everything from how to slay our own dragons and change the oil in our car's.

Mary is the blogger behind Remakestyle. She is an environmentalist, freelance writer and future engineer working towards a sustainable future.