Everyday reading can change you in amazing and unexpected ways.
Don’t be fooled to think that reading is just a hobby. Picking up a book and venturing through the pages can change your life. Reading has benefits reaching beyond just gaining knowledge, but also improving your quality of life.
Here are a few of the stunning ways getting your hands on a few books can be a great experience:
Learn more about yourself
Reading can help you become more in tune with yourself. When you are reading, you are opening yourself up to experience emotions and to test your spirit. You might be reading about a difficult moral dilemma, which helps you understand your own thoughts and reasoning in these situations.
Reading about traveling or cooking might spark your interest in these and you mind end up finding your true passion. A single book like the biography of Steve Jobs could lead you to join a business accelerator program and become a world-famous entrepreneur.
Create a new relationship
Books also have the power to help you forge new relationships. According to research published in the journal Science, reading literary fiction can help people become more socially adept. Reading helped people understand other people’s mental states and emphasize their emotions.
By having to read between the lines in fiction and to pick up the subtle cues of what the characters are feeling, you become more sensitive to emotional nuance and complexity.
Furthermore, everyday reading can introduce you to a wide range of ‘people’, providing an insight into cultures, different belief systems, and so on. Whether you read fiction or non-fiction, you will gain a fresh perspective on a variety of things, which can make it easier to meet new people.
In addition to gaining a better understanding, you will also have more things to talk about with people. The latest thrilling Jack Reacher novels can be a topic of conversation and you don’t even have had to go to the cinema to watch them – that’s the power of books!
Become more focused
Modern life is rather taxing. We are constantly presented with new information and our minds are bombarded with entertainment, news, data, and the like. You probably spend quite a bit of time jumping from one thing to another. Your brain is in constant motion; never slowing down to think and just be; except when you are reading!
Reading is hugely important for slowing down and focusing on a single thing. The ability to sit down, pick up a book, and maybe a cup of tea is almost an art form. If you are able to spend a bit of time like this, you’ll learn about the importance of slowing down and focusing on a single thing at a time.
Have more fun for less
With the good habit of everyday reading, you can experience all the emotions in the world by flicking through the pages of a book. You can cry, laugh, get angry, feel sorry, and be jealous. You can travel to distant places, explore unknown galaxies, and relive some of the world’s biggest events.
The best part is that you can have all this fun without spending a fortune or sacrifice your life. Reading is an inexpensive way to boost your mood and to experience new things.
Buying second-hand books will cut your costs even further. You can even share your love of books and make a bit of money on the side by selling the ones you’ve already read!
Books have a magical way of reducing stress. Not only is it a cheap hobby to have, but you can also feel physical changes in your body when you read. According to a study, people who read can benefit from less tense muscles, which can reduce stress on your heart. This will calm your body further and provide you a sense of relaxation much deeper than walking or listening to music.
You can even use reading to enter the creative flow state. This is the frame of mind where you are so into doing what you are doing that you don’t even notice the flow of time. Reading a good book can definitely ensure you get lost and your attention is only on the characters.
So, whether you love fiction or non-fiction (or you enjoy both!), you should start reading more. The habit of everyday reading doesn’t just make you smarter but also provides benefits to improve the quality of your life. And it doesn’t even cost a fortune!
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