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Do you feel out of space when people are talking about general issues plaguing the world? Do you feel out of depth when somebody talks about global warming or the Copenhagen climate deal? Do you usually like to keep to yourself when invited to a party or do you like to mix with like minded people?

If the answer to all these questions is yes then this article is just for you. But before you start reading further please answer these two questions as well.

Do you like to read? Have you ever picked up a book for pleasure reading? No then you are really missing something in life as Mark Twain, the renowned author said, “The man who doesn’t read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.” So why is reading important and what does it do to enhance the personality?

 Reading is to mind what exercise is to your body or what food is to your stomach. Without reading the mind becomes dull and inactive. Reading gives the mind the fodder it needs to stay active and alert. But here are some benefits of reading.

 Reading increases vocabulary

Sometimes there are situations where a person does not understand the meaning of a word and hence miss out on the joke or an important talk. In such cases reading comes to help because reading increases the vocabulary. Reading opens the world of words and people learn new words, their meaning, correct pronunciation and how to use that word in a sentence. So read to outshine others at that office party or kitty party or a small casual gathering.


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If a person is an avid reader that is reading for pleasure he or she will never be out of their depth when people talk about global warming because they will be aware of it. With reading a person becomes aware about what’s happening in and around the world. And it is not just newspapers that create awareness; it can be anything – a magazine, brochures, fliers anything. Start reading on your favourite topic which can be health, pets, cooking, hobbies, and craft, more a person reads more aware he or she becomes.

Reading encourages a person to be a thinker

If a person loves to read he or she will not accept anything without a proper logic as reading encourages one to be a thinker. Since reading feeds the hungry mind and make it active an avid reader will always ask questions and his or her quest will not be fulfilled till he or she gets the answers they have been seeking.

Reading instils self confidence


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All that negative feeling of being out of depth at parties, or just sitting in a secluded corner will be a thing of past if a person loves to read. Yes, one feels out of depth only when one is not aware of what is being talked about. But when a person starts reading he or she becomes aware of their surroundings and hence can become a centre of attention at any gathering.

These are some of the benefits but when a person starts reading he or she will automatically become aware of other benefits of reading. Take a New Year pledge to read for at least 20 to 30 minutes everyday.

 This post is a part of Ultimate Blog Challenge Day 19