5 Reasons To Love Reading…
In the most recent weeks, I have transitioned my Instagram into a mini book review page. It’s less pictures of me and more pictures of books I have read, there is actually a real community of people who do this on social media, it’s either #Bookstagram for Instagram or #Booktube for YouTube, you can check out my Instagram, @lipglossmaffia. I got into this community by accident. See, I love to read and acquire books, it’s a thing of joy for me and when you love an activity that much, there is a need to want to share it with others. It’s awesome when you read a book that dazzled you and you share it with friends who also get dazzled, then you all have conversations about the book. I think it’s one of the most beautiful experiences to have, the numerous bookclubs around the world testify to this.
My life’s mission is “to inform, educate and entertain”. No, I didn’t steal that from the BBC, lol. Everything I do in my life has that statement as a guide and what better way than through books? I started reading from a very young age, my childhood was kind of rough, books were my refuge. I read everything, I mean, everything that had words, I read. My mum worked in a school, she brought books from the library, which means i had a certain amount of time to read and finish the books. That’s how I became a really fast reader, the faster I read the books, the more books my mum brought back. Books were my escape, still are but as an adult, books are where I go to be informed, educated and entertained.
I also read for:
1- Mental Stimulation
Studies have shown that staying mentally stimulated can slow the progress of (or possibly even prevent) Alzheimer’s and Dementia, since keeping your brain active and engaged prevents it from losing power. Just like any other muscle in the body, the brain requires exercise to keep it strong and healthy, so the phrase “use it or lose it” is particularly apt when it comes to your mind.
2- Vocabulary Expansion
The more you read, the more words you gain exposure to, and they’ll inevitably make their way into your everyday vocabulary. Being articulate and well-spoken is of great help in any profession, and knowing that you can speak to higher-ups with self-confidence can be an enormous boost to your self-esteem. It could even aid in your career, as those who are well-read, well-spoken, and knowledgeable on a variety of topics tend to get promotions more quickly (and more often) than those with smaller vocabularies and lack of awareness of literature, scientific breakthroughs, and global events.
3- Stronger Analytical Thinking Skills
Have you ever read an amazing mystery novel, and solved the mystery yourself before finishing the book? If so, you were able to put critical and analytical thinking to work by taking note of all the details provided and sorting them out to determine “whodunnit”. That same ability to analyze details also comes in handy when it comes to critiquing the plot; determining whether it was a well-written piece, if the characters were properly developed, if the storyline ran smoothly, etc. Should you ever have an opportunity to discuss the book with others, you’ll be able to state your opinions clearly, as you’ve taken the time to really consider all the aspects involved.
4- Improved Focus and Concentration
In our internet-crazed world, attention is drawn in a million different directions at once as we multi-task through every day. In a single 5-minute span, the average person will divide their time between working on a task, checking email, chatting with a couple of people (via Whatsapp, BBM, etc.), keeping an eye on twitter, monitoring their smartphone, and interacting with co-workers. This type of behaviour causes stress levels to rise, and lowers our productivity. When you read a book, all of your attention is focused on the story—the rest of the world just falls away, and you can immerse yourself in every fine detail you’re absorbing. Try reading for 15-20 minutes before work, and you’ll be surprised at how much more focused you are once you get to the office.
5- Better Writing Skills
This goes hand-in-hand with the expansion of your vocabulary: exposure to published, well-written work has a noted effect on one’s own writing, as observing the cadence, fluidity, and writing styles of other authors will invariably influence your own work. In the same way that musicians influence one another, and painters use techniques established by previous masters, so do writers learn how to craft prose by reading the works of others. How cool is that?
I get sad when people say, they don’t have time to read or they can’t find their type of books. There’s a reading genre for every literate person on the planet, and whether your tastes lie in classical literature, poetry, fashion magazines, biographies, religious texts, young adult books, self-help guides, street lit, or romance novels, historical fiction, thrillers, there’s something out there to capture your curiosity and imagination. Step away from your computer for a little while, crack open a book, and replenish your soul for a little while. And if you need a recommendation, you can always ask me😊.
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