If you’re a fan of the sitcom The Big Bang Theory, you’ll know that Bernadette once said, “‘I want to read more’, that’s just stuff people say, just like ‘I would feed my kids organics”.
Meaning everybody says they want to read more, and most of them actually do, however, the hard reality is that reading can be and most likely to be time-consuming. Especially with all the distraction of our modern age.
Great Stress Management Solution
According to a study by Cognitive Psychologist Dr David Lewis, reading doesn’t just calm you down better than exercise, music or even a cup of tea. Furthermore, just 6 minutes of reading can reduce your stress levels by a third, which takes the pressure off your heart and circulatory system and can prolong your life.
Reading can prevent Alzheimer’s
Like any other muscles in our body, reading is just like an exercise. For a really awesome mind workout, try reading something which is outside of your field of knowledge.
For example, today I’d tried to read on how to derive Darcy’s Law. It’s a 3 page worth of calculations, and at first, it makes no sense what so ever. And honestly, still not making sense to me. But I’m going to try again tomorrow. It’s a hard cold truth that I’m not great at every I do (yet), it also means I can do better and there’s always room for improvement.
So can you. Personal growth is a daily struggle, and at times, I believe what makes life worth living.
Boosting Happiness and Overall Life satisfaction
According to studies, books provide more complex images of other people’s lives, and therefore more angles to view your own life. Among the awesome books that change my views on life would be The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari (and its subsequent books) by Robin Sharma, The Richest Man in Babylon, The Way to Wealth, The Faults in Our Stars by John Green, and also The Grit by Angela Duckworth. Maybe there’s a few more.
Reading Books (Especially Fiction) Increases Empathy and Emotional Intelligence
I’ve have been reading lots of non-fiction, so this point really bothering me. I think I might need to buy some new awesome novels. Maybe finally I would buy the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
Here’s what we need to understand, one of the great secrets of adult life is that the most important things you’ll ever learn which don’t come from the office or classroom. Now, non-fiction books will do wonders in enhancing our emotional intelligence, but they can help you live longer, and increase your empathy.
In summary, reading will have a wonderful impact on our lives, which both improve our emotional intelligence and feel-good feeling.