When was the last time you read a book? There is a large population of individuals who never pick up a book after high school. For many that is an absolute mistake. Reading has a number of significant benefits that you could be missing out on. Here are a few financial reasons why you should read more:
Why You Should Read More
Reading can improve many areas of your life. It can increase imagination and even provide some tranquility for people. The action of reading and finishing a book can also provide a great sense of satisfaction. If those reasons alone aren’t enough there are also financial reasons why you should read more:
Reading is Mentally Stimulating
Read more because reading stimulates your mind. It gives your brain a break from the day-to-day hustle-and-bustle that is life and gives it time to imagine things, escape. You can broaden your horizons and expand your mind by picking up a novel for just a half hour each day. Better mental stimulation can also lead to better decisions and could lead to you making a fantastic financial change.
Reading Reduces Stress
For many people reading actually reduces stress. Being stressed can cause some people to spend more money by eating more or spending cash on their stress relief process. Reading can get rid of the need to spend that cash.
Gain Knowledge and Expand Your Vocabulary
Of course you’ll pick up some great vocabulary and gain knowledge if you start reading more. This can affect your finances through whatever job you hold. If your vocabulary starts getting better and you seem more focus you could land a promotion.
Stronger Analytical Skills
Reading also leads to stronger analytical skills. You can use the analytical skills gained by reading more to better you finances. Use your heightened skills to create an affective budget and analyze the stock market. Is there a better reason as to why you should read more?
Well, yes. There’s one more reason that’s even better than the rest. Reading is free entertainment. Instead of going out to the movies or a restaurant you can stay home and enjoy a good book. You might be thinking, “well, I’ll have to buy a book.” However, you can grab a book for free from your local library. You can also swap books with friends and maybe even start a reading/lending group!
How to Read More
Now that you know some financial reasons why you should read more, you should probably know how to read a bit more. Below are some suggestions from Money Crashers on how to read more. Some of these ways to read more will save you a bit of cash too!
Cancel cable. Get rid of cable TV if you haven’t already! It is an unnecessary cost. Many people have switched to streaming services, like Hulu and Netflix. Not only will getting rid of cable save you money but it will also free up some time to read more.
Get a tablet. If you have a little money to shell out on a tablet, get one! A tablet will makes many people want to read more than a regular paper or hardback book. Also, you can grab a lot of free books on Amazon for your tablet.
Choose good books. This is key to reading more. You won’t want to read more if you can’t get a good book.
Set a time. If you set up a time to read each day and stick to it you’ll be able to read more. For example, if you want to read before dinnertime each day you can set an alarm for 4:30 p.m. to remind you to pause for some reading time.
Read with others. Another great way to read more is to find a group of people to read with. You can start a book group where you all purchase and read the same book at the same time and discuss. You can also start a book lending club. A book lending club will allow for discussion and trading of books between people in the group.
Will you try to read more?
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