Years ago, i hated reading. I never touched a book since i've left school but when i went homeless, reading a book was the only luxury and entertainment that i had. I still remember the very first book that i read by the beach back in September 2009 and even before the movie was out. It was, The Hunger Games.
Reading have transformed my life ever since. I am grateful that it turns out into a habit now and more.
Reading have made business better and increase our sales too.
You may label me as a boring person but my life have started to change for a better. Why would I stop?
And why wouldn’t you start? When you read more, life expands. Here’s how:
1. You will find a safe way to escape when your own life is depressing, overwhelming, or just boring.
No need to turn to drugs or binge eating. Save your money. Get a library card, or start downloading some of those thousands of ebooks in the public domain. Get wrapped up in a story. Get lost in another world. Get into a character’s head and out of your own.
It’s instant. It’s economical. It’s portable: your own personal escape route when things get to be too much.
And who’s going to look down on you for reading a book? You smart thing, you.
2. You will look forward to lines, public transport and waiting rooms.
This could be the biggest turning point of your life, actually. Instead of tapping your foot impatiently, huffing and sighing like dyspeptic cow, or otherwise displaying your wrath and frustration in a socially acceptable way, you can simply… read.
Whatever book you’re currently lost in should be with you, in your pocket or purse. Pull it out and you’ve got entertainment, companionship, and intellectual stimulation. All in one handy portable package.
My friend once says that reading gives her “the ability to be happy anytime, anywhere, even when waiting ridiculously long amounts of time.”
That’s a superpower everybody needs.
3. You will be a nicer person.
You might not care about being a nicer person, but the other people in your life probably do care.
Reading allows me to experience another’s emotions, which in turn makes me more sensitive to those around me.
Maybe you’ve never been a victim of racism, abuse, or poverty. Maybe you don’t know what unrequited love feels like. Maybe you find it easier to criticize than to sympathize.
Reading won’t take that away criticizing entirely but it will help you to slow down a little bit on the judging.
And speed up a lot on the empathizing.
Because when you live other lives through books, you begin to see the other lives happening in the world around you. The lives you know nothing about. And you begin to have a little more understanding. A little more interest. A little less “us versus them” and a lot more “we’re all in this together.”
4. You will learn stuff.
Even if all you read is fiction, you can learn quite a lot about cultural influence, relationships, history, fear, human psychology, the various expressions of spirituality, the effects of war, the way robots will definitely take over the world, and how superheroes manage to keep their capes clean.
All very useful information.
Want more? Branch out into non-fiction. Biographies. Philosophy. Psychology. How-to books. Memoirs. Science. Exploration. If you’re interested in it, you can find a book about it. Probably you can find an entire section of books about it.
And hey, if you can’t find a book about it, maybe you should write one.
5. You will discover that you were dumber than you knew.
In the time prior to your avid reading addiction, you thought you had a pretty open mind, didn’t you? You thought that you knew kind of a lot, and that you had a broad perspective on life, and a pretty accurate view on the world and how things worked.
And then you started reading.
Maybe the first few books weren’t such a big deal. They probably kept you safely in your comfort zone. But then someone, be it your mentor, coach or a dear good friend, gave you a recommendation.
“You’ve got to read this,” she said. “It’s so great. Really.” So you did.
And you realized that something you thought you knew—really knew, truly and certainly—was not right at all. You felt the edges along your mind begin to crack open a little bit. You felt a little light seeping in and you started seeing the interior of your mind the way it really was: dim, dusty, and crowded with a lot of assumptions. You kept reading, and the more you read, the more those cracks opened up. One by one, those assumptions slipped and slid out of the cracks. The light grew. The air cleared. You started populating your mind with different things: images, conversations, perceptions, insights, data. Poetry. Fragments of lives you didn’t live, but somehow experienced through a book. Emotions that didn’t belong to you, but that you felt just as strongly.
Real things, from the real world, instead of that crumbly old stack of assumptions and expectations.
And then your own imagination will start to blend what you’ve read with the real life you’re living, and you’ll add in your own unique collection of information, experience, education, and personality. Who knows what will result?
Don’t you want to find out? Why don’t you have a book open yet?
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Hi! I'm Liyana. In this blog, I'll share stories, tips and tools to help you move beyond burnout and thrive at the intersection of mind, body and business.
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