Nowadays, an individual’s daily habits center around reading Facebook updates, Instagram stories, and tweets. It’s a little bit different before wherein most people read books every day—before they sleep at night, after meals, or during break times at school. If you’re one of these people who do not make an effort to read regularly, there is a chance you’re missing out a lot. Here are some perks you can get from reading.
It Boosts Intelligence
Those who engage in this activity, especially during their early life, tend to grow up more intelligent. In a study in 2014, researchers measured the difference between the cognitive development of around 1,900 sets of twins. The experiment revealed that in twins living in a similar environment, the early reading skills tend to be the deciding factor on who would do better on verbal and non-verbal tests.
Reading also stimulates the brain. If you keep it active and engaged, the lesser chances of losing its power. Just like the other muscles inside the body, you have to exercise it regularly to keep it healthy and active. Aside from reading, you can also boost your cognitive stimulation through activities such as chess and puzzles.
It Lowers Stress Levels
Most people consider reading as a great form of entertainment. No matter how much stress you feel, these thoughts will most likely go away if you immerse yourself in a great story. A well-written novel will bring you to all kinds of places and realms which will take you away from your present reality. Being exposed to these kinds of environment will eliminate your tension and will allow you to relax.
It Will Expand Your Vocabulary
The longer the time you expose yourself with books, the more words you learn. They will inevitably make their way into your daily conversations. Having a high level of vocabulary will help you in your communication skills at work or school and will boost your self-confidence in presenting in front of a broad audience.
This skill will also help you climb your company ladder faster since promotions come quickly to those who are well-spoken, well-read, and knowledgeable in various fields.
It Enhances Your Memory
When you read a book, you need to recall many details such as the characters, their backgrounds and personalities, and the arcs and subplots of the story. If you think about it, all of these are difficult to remember. However, the more you establish your habit of reading, your brain will be able to remember all of this information with relative ease.
It Improves Your Writing Skills
Take note that reading goes hand in hand with your writing skills. When you familiarize yourself with well-written publications, there is a big chance that these will influence your writing style. If you are more exposed to fiction books, the cadence and fluidity of your pieces will improve. On the other hand, if you prefer informative books, it will be easier for you to create a write-up full of facts.
Books are tools for a healthier and more productive lifestyle. Although you don’t directly see their benefits, they come to you in various ways, from improved memory to stress relief. Establishing the best reading habits will bring out a better and improved version of yourself.
Often when someone is about to climb up a career ladder to success, happiness will get in the way. It’s like being torn between two lovers, always caught between which to choose – success or happiness.
Why is there always a need to choose between those two? Can’t we just have both? It’s not about being greedy, but why not if at all possible?
Opportunity Knocks Not Just Once
Have you considered the thought of achieving success on your own terms, not dictated by some people who are already way ahead of you trying to reach for your hand to pull you up?
They often will persuade you by saying, “Opportunity knocks only once,” and not grabbing it means it will be gone forever, and will never again pass your way in your lifetime. That is the very reason why many are hurrying to go up the ladder, the thought of as if the steps will be burned if they will not take it. They think that there will be no other way up there but that just one path. The truth is, it will only be there, whether you accept it or not. Others following you might take it, but you don’t need to worry. There will be more ladders available which are more worth your climb.
Never Burn Your Boat Unless You Find Both In Your Destination
Sometimes, we follow other people blindly without listening to ourselves. We leave everything behind just to pursue the ambition, the dream we’ve imagined all our lives. But often, only when we are there will we realize that it’s not really what we wanted.
It becomes not what you imagined it to be, simply because it’s not the dream that you thought will bring you your happiness. This time your dream has failed you, so then what should you do next? You go back from where you started, doing what you’re passionate about, and begin again from there.
Happiness Is A Choice
Before you decide on climbing up the ladder to career success, analyze and study things carefully. Is it worth the sacrifice? Happiness is always a choice. Yes, you often have to make a decision, but if you made the right one, you could have both success and happiness at the same time.
Scrutinizing the tail and head sides of the coin, examining the four corners of your room, ask yourself, “Is this what I really want?” It’s a crucial question which you should be able to answer with all honesty.
The Climb Is Worth For Those Who Wait
“Opportunity will come your way just this once” are just words, a sales talk, with no much truth to it. Everything, good or bad, comes around and goes around.
The opportunity you did let go because you think it will put your happiness at risk, means waiting for another better one to come your way. When that happens, your glass may be half empty, very much available to be filled. This time, it might be something you’re ready to grab. Perhaps this time it’s something that will not just cater to your material needs, but something that you want and something that you really are happy to take on.
Success and happiness are not impossible to achieve; you just got to learn how to listen to your inner self, the one you’re hiding inside your mind and your heart. If it would mean letting go of what you’ve been dreaming of, so what?
Success will never make sense if you’re not happy about it. But once you’re satisfied with your choice, success is not far from your reach.
If you let synchronicity take its course, happiness and success will unfold right before your very eyes.
Out of place. Irrelevant. Invisible. These feelings are horrible but common for some quiet members in certain groups of friends. If you lack confidence in speaking up in group conversations, here are a few tips on how to be more open and vocal.
Discover Why You Choose To Stay Quiet
Some are naturally quiet and soft-spoken for no reason. They are just not used to talking much in group conversations. The sad reality is you might be having negative feelings and thoughts that you tend to deal with on your own. It can lead to stress and frustration, which will negatively affect your brain, heart, and other organs. It is a domino effect.
It is vital to know the roots of your aloofness. If your peers are real friends, why are you afraid to open up? The most common reasons are as follows:
- You are scared to become too attached because of past experiences.
- You are not open to feedback or suggestions your friends may tell you.
- You got used to being judged, ignored, or not being heard.
- You are avoiding arguments and misunderstanding.
- You are not confident enough about your ideas and opinions.
- You feel like you cannot relate to most of the things your friends usually talk about.
If one of these is your reason, the problem might be on you and not them. Therefore, it is time to help yourself to contribute more and maintain social connections.
Start With Little Acknowledgements
You cannot just decide overnight that you have to start opening up. Of course, you need to prepare your mental and verbal abilities first. You can begin engaging in your group talks more, face to face or online, by saying acknowledging statements such as the following:
- “I heard the same thing.”
- “You’re right.”
- “No way.”
These short responses are an excellent start to let them know you are still with them. Acknowledging them is a sign that you are a good listener. Also, they might reciprocate eventually and ask for more of your thoughts.
Politely Jump In And Know You Deserve To Be Heard
In every conversation, it is crucial to be a good listener. On the other hand, you need to accept the reality that most social group situations are chaotic. You do not have to take it personally when some of your friends talk over you or do not get what you are saying. It is usual for everyone in a group to interrupt each other, speak at the same time, and continuously change the topic.
It is why you need to get the perfect timing to interrupt and talk politely. You can use humor to keep things light. Apologize if you have to. Consider your friends’ experiences and previous talks. That way, they can relate to you and respond better. There is no need to feel bad because of interrupting someone or being interrupted by someone.
Trust In Your Friends More
You are in your social circle for a reason. You might be huge in number, and not everyone may get along well. However, there should be one or two whom you can rely on. If you trust them enough and feel comfortable with them, you know you can speak up. Someone will always be interested in what you have to say.
Trust in your real friends, and they will surely hear you out. You do not always have to do the talking to fit in. Always remember open communication is fundamental in keeping the group together.
Do you understand the struggles we mentioned above? Share in the comments how you overcome them!
It’s late in the evening, and you can’t stop thinking of the hurtful words your loved ones utter to you. It’s difficult to sleep, and you don’t know why. It’s hard to fathom the creeping fear of those threats, the condemnation that it has brought to you. You are starting to lose your grip. Those words are destroying the inner peace you built ever since you decided that you are something better. Your strength is fleeting away as your words are neglected. You put so much pressure on negativity rather than think that things would soon be over and change. It’s never that way – it never has. You need to surpass your strength and weakness. You must die and be reborn over and over again, and by that, you shall live.
You Allow It To Happen Until It Eats You Up
Emotional abuse transpires because you let it happen by the grace of love. You know you are damaged, but you decide just to let it go. But as it continues, it crushes your soul until the very moment that you are with a broken puzzle, with a desecration smile. Your life became blurry, and you find yourself lost in words, thoughts, and actions. You have countless sleepless nights, empty bottles, and incalculable bums of cigarettes. You succumbed to your peculiar nightmare. The next day that follows, you decide to live once more.
Pick Yourself Up As No One Will
Insecurities are around the corner, but you said to do you no harm. Grudge words that have once uttered lost its meaning and gone with the smoke. Scars embedded are full of stories for more great starts. Let those hurting words empower you to have the strength to pick up the pieces of the puzzle that will complete you to have the right attitude.
Let Me Tell You Something You Once Knew
Sometimes you wait too long for things to change and convince yourself that tomorrow the sun will rise again and the darkness will stay away, but what you fail to realize is that dimness is not the problem. A new day does not always solve all the issues as long as you don’t believe that there is a light within you that can keep you away from the moon and the stars at night.
There is light everywhere but more so in your eyes that look at things as a reason to stay strong or feel weak. You need to realize that when the sun goes down, it still leaves its power behind for you to breathe and see the possibilities in the dark as well.
Right Attitude Makes You Your Own Hope
Never wait for the next day to start again, for the moments that change lives are not born with a sunrise. They yield when you start changing. Don’t be afraid to be your own sunshine.
Your life has been quite strange, but perhaps your attitude will gladly be the cornerstone of how you will manage to keep on living, the very thing that will empower you to have the right mindset to go on. It is never easy to live with a rollercoaster of emotions without the support of your loved one, and this could be the reason for your unhappiness.
Life is full of opportunities that will lead you exactly where you deserve to be. You have to be patient, taking one step at a time, and by the time you’re ready, the world will be there to brace you.