Guest Post, Self-Improvement

Create a Better Life by Reading

This is a guest post by Jimmy Cowan. His love for reading was inspired by his grandmother who introduced him to reading. Jimmy is a certified
speed reader and reviews the best speed reading techniques on his
website.


Reading is a journey without going anywhere. A book can take you on a road you have never been on, tell you about people you have never met, take you through emotional ups and downs, make you imagine a new world you have never imagined before…and all this in the comfort of your home.

Nourish your mind.

Reading is one of the best hobbies to have. An avid reader would never find it difficult to pick up a book and read. However, reading doesn’t come easily to everyone. Some struggle, some feel bored, and some have poor reading habits; however, to be a reader you have to start to read, slowly and steadily. Reading opens a world of information and imagination that you may miss out on if you’re not a reader. Reading can fight boredom and stress. Your mind needs food just like your body, and the kind of book you read will feed your mind.

Your mind needs food just like your body, and the kind of book you read will feed your mind. Click To Tweet

If you’re a forgetful person, indulge yourself in reading and see the results.

When you begin your journey of reading, you may find it difficult to stay awake, or you’ll get bored easily. Try reading a page or two a day, and then increase the amount over time. In a few days, you will realize how much you have progressed. When you read, try writing down important facts and figures. Revisit what you have read. As days go by, you will find that you can recall quite a bit of information from your book. This practice of writing down important information and remembering them later is a good exercise for your brain. This is especially helpful for students of all ages. Likewise, employees in corporate offices have to remember plenty of figures and information; the practice of recalling information from a book will improve memory.

Knowledge and confidence in conversation. 

A book introduces its readers to a plethora of words and information. We are confident to talk to someone when we have knowledge of various subjects. Read as many books and articles as possible to enrich your vocabulary. As your repertoire of words expands, so does your confidence in speaking to others. Whenever you come across difficult words, write them down. Look up their definitions and pronunciations. You will have a better understanding of the text and future texts that utilize the same words. Understanding terminology is imperative for comprehension, and content knowledge and an increased vocabulary will aid you in conversation.

If you’re stressed, get a book.

Once you start reading various subjects and genres, you discover your literary preferences. Reading a book can be a type of meditation. Once you immerse yourself in a book, you are temporarily separated from your worries and difficulties. Reading will soothe your mind and bring down your stress level. So, next time you’re worried or stressed, simply position yourself in a favorite spot and begin reading. Let the author transport you into another world.

Once you immerse yourself in a book, you are temporarily separated from your worries and difficulties. Click To Tweet

Fall in love with reading.

As George R. R. Martin writes in A Dance with Dragons, “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”

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