Feeling blue? Would want to get inspiration or motivation? Why not pick yourself up a book today! Reading a book provides wisdom and insights for different topics nowadays. From family and relationships to your spirituality and mental health, books allow you to experience life from the stories of the characters.
Why Read A Book?
Reading a book helps you ease your mind. Whether it is fiction or nonfiction, there are four valid reasons why you should read a book. It is said to reduce stress, increase relaxation, combat mental decline, and even a treatment for specific health conditions.
Reading also helps you become a more empathetic person. As you understand and relate to the characters in the book you are reading, you get to know what the character feels and thinks.
Maja Djikic, Ph.D. and collaborators of University of Toronto conducted an experiment to expose several people on reading fictional literature, which they concluded that “these findings suggest that reading fictional literature could lead to better procedures of processing information generally, including those of creativity.”
Another research by Dr. Avnj Bavishi et al.found that “those who read books for an average of 30 minutes per day – say, a chapter a day – showed a survival advantage, compared to those who did not read books. The robustness of our findings suggest that reading books may not only introduce some interesting ideas and characters, it may also give more years of reading.”
Love, Relationships, and Heart Breaks
Getting over a heartbreak can be painful. Even words of comfort from friends cannot mend a broken heart. Although reading a book might not give you a new love, it can give you a new perspective on life!
Instead of asking yourself all the time what went wrong or who is at fault, reading a book written by experts can give you advice on how to deal with things. “Getting Over Getting Mad” by Judy Ford is the go-to book when it comes to handling conflicts and arguments in a relationship.
What Other Books Can You Recommend?
With the help of the internet, you get to choose from a wide range of topics. From love, relationships, and even to mental health, a simple Google search can provide the best recommendations for book lovers.
An easier way to look for books online is to type “pdf:” in the search box and add the topic that you would like to read. After clicking search, you will see a list of all the articles, books, online references, and e-books about the topic you are interested in. You can read them all in the PDF format.
Get Honest Book Reviews
If you are interested in what book is best to read when you need advice or motivation, there are many book review websites, such as yours truly, Booksbybarefoot, which provide book reviews of different topics.
Engage Others In Reading
If you have kids of your own, encourage them to read as well. Not only will this be beneficial for their vocabulary and mental capabilities, but this can also be your time to bond with them! There are specific ways on how you can encourage your child into reading more.
According to Dr. Alice Sullivan, “it may seem surprising that reading for pleasure would help to improve children’s maths scores.But it is likely that strong reading ability will enable children to absorb and understand new information and affect their attainment in all subjects.”
First, you must let them decide for themselves. Reading a book you are not particularly interested in would be difficult for a starting reader. Start with graphic novels and books with illustrations first.
At the same time, bring your kids with you in comic conventions as well as shopping for books. Exposure will help them expand their horizon in reading, and possibly learn how to choose books of their liking. Lastly, do not force your kids to read. It may hinder their interest in reading rather than encouraging them to read more.
As you have read, there are many good reasons why you should start knowing your books before reading them. Hope, you will be more encouraged to add reading to your daily habits.