In order to be creative you must feed your creativity. A great way to do this is by reading a book.
In terms of the type of book to read, the choice is completely up to you. Both fiction and non-fiction books can help you to widen your knowledge and understanding of the world or they can help guide you through personal matters.
If you’re interested in becoming more intelligent, creative or inspired, you may want to begin reading regularly.
By no means are these the only reasons you should read however, these are 5 reasons that I believe stick out the most to me:
1. It Improves Your Imagination
Your perspective is limited by your knowledge. If you don’t feed your imagination, it will be limited. By reading other people’s views and opinions you’ll begin to form a greater understanding of the different perspectives around you which will in turn, increase your own. Having to read a description about a particular event forces you to create the image in your head, rather than it being presented to you on TV.
2. To Develop Your Verbal Abilities
Reading doesn’t necessarily make you a better communicator however, you’ll be able to engage a conversation at a higher level. Those who read regularly have a wider vocabulary and can express themselves in a variety of ways. The more books you read, the more vocabulary you can use in your everyday life.
3. It Reduces Stress
In 2009, the University of Sussex research identified that as little as 6 minutes of reading is enough to reduce stress levels by more than two-thirds. Psychologists believe this is because the human mind has to concentrate on reading and the distraction of being taken into a literary world eases the tensions in muscles and the heart. Read more about it here.
4. Improves Your Focus and Concentration
By sitting down and reading a book you are committing to a period of time where you will focus and concentrate on what the book has to offer. This is hard to do at first however, with practice you will become better at it. This is not the same as browsing the internet as many of us skim read. Committing to that time requires you to shut off from the world and indulge yourself, which in time will increase your attention span.
5. It Makes You Interesting
Being able to pick from a library of information you’ve gathered from both non-fiction and fiction books will be useful in any conversation. With the improvement to your vocabulary and the information you’ve gathered, you’ll be able to engage a wider variety of people in conversation and hold your own. Instead of shying away from conversations you’ll be able to add to them as well as take and learn.