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Game of Thrones’ Tyrion Lannister was spot on when he said, “My mind is my weapon…And a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge”.

Reading is fundamental in developing a good self-image. Non-readers or poor readers often have trembling opinions of themselves and their abilities. Many times they perceive as if the world is against them.

There is an old saying, "The pen is mightier than the sword." Ideas written down have changed the destiny of men and nations for better in history. The flow of ideas cannot be stopped. We need to read and research to work on good ideas and expose the bad ideas before they bring destruction. Only by reading can we be armed in this never-lasting, life-and-death struggle.

Books are the quietest and most persistent of the friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors and the most understanding of teachers.

Reading is a starting step of many things, which build a more solid stairs for you to climb up achieving something big out there.

The art of reading is in great part that of acquiring a better understanding of life from one’s encounter with it in a book.

Exposure to that new vocabulary not only leads to higher score on reading tests, but also higher scores on general tests of intelligence. Plus, stronger early reading skills may mean higher intelligence later in life. ... Research suggests that reading on a screen can slow you down by as much as 20 to 30 percent.

Neuroscientists have discovered that reading a novel can improve brain function on a variety of levels. The recent study on the brain benefits of reading fiction was conducted at Emory University. The study titled, “Short- and Long-Term Effects of a Novel on Connectivity in the Brain," was recently published in the journal Brain Connectivity.

The researchers found that becoming engrossed in a novel enhances connectivity in the brain and improves brain function. Interestingly, reading fiction was found to improve the reader's ability to put themselves in another person’s shoes and flex the imagination in a way that is similar to the visualization of a muscle memory in sports.

Reasons Reading Makes You Smarter

  • Improve your ‘Theory of mind’
  • Be more empathetic
  • Super charge learning and sharpens memory  through imagination 
  • Improve decision making and emotional processing 
  • Poetry allows for effective self-reflection
  • And same thing happen with music  
  • Novels allow for some serious ‘mind-building’
  • Improve your vocabulary and verbal skill
  • Slow down metal ageing