Why I Love Good Reads: The Benefits of Reading

Why I Love Good Reads: The Benefits of Reading

There’s nothing I love more when I have free time than sitting back with a good book. I can read for hours and hours given the chance. Whether it’s an action-packed novel that has me on the edge of my seat in suspense or an autobiography. You name it, I’ll read it.   
Why do I love reading so much? I’ll tell you. 

1. Reading is good for your health 

Losing yourself in a fictional world is a great way to shut out your worries for a little while. And that’s good for you! It beats stress, and we all know how tough stress can be.

And all of that escapism can boost your mood, meaning improved mental health.

And finally, reading gives your brain a workout. And keeping your mind strong and active improves cognition and even reduces the risk of dementia in old age.

2. It’s inspiring

A lot of us can get stuck living out the same routine day in day out. Reading allows you to transport yourself away from your everyday reality. It shakes things up and alters your thinking.

The more you read, the more you learn. And knowledge is power.

Books open your mind up to new possibilities and can inspire you to make changes to your real life. A lot of the world’s most successful people credit a specific book as the source of inspiration or motivation.

3. It can improve your problem-solving skills

Problem-solving often requires creativity. And that is something that reading sparks inside all of us.

It also provides a break from the overthinking and overanalyzing that can lead us round in circles when it comes to solving life’s problems.

I’m sure I’m not the first person you’ve heard advocating for taking a break from a problem you’re stuck on and coming back to it with fresh eyes later. Well not only will picking up a book take your mind away from your worries allowing you that break. But it will also ignite your creative juices, so when you come back to your problem, all of that outside the box thinking will become easier.

4. It can help you to grow as a person

It can be tough to understand and tolerate things we don’t know anything about sometimes. We often live in our own little bubble without experiencing a lot of the issues that exist in the world.

Thanks to the power of books, we can gain some insight (even if we can never truly understand) into a whole new world of issues we would otherwise remain ignorant of.

Reading about a subject even a little bit can help you to expand your horizons, open your mind, and grow into an all around more understanding person.

5. It can increase intelligence 

Studies into children found that not only do people that read frequently have more extensive vocabularies but they score higher on general intelligence tests too. Reading literally makes you smarter.

How to Rebuild Your Self-Esteem After You Lost Your Job

Losing a job can be a real hit to the ego. Though, there are those who are excited about losing one maybe not in the financial aspect but in the aspect that it wasn’t a great place to work, and it might have been hindering them from either being great, or even feeling comfortable in their workplace. But if you are in that first category and your self-confidence is shot, there are some ways to pick yourself back up and regain that feeling of being ‘useful’ again by going back to work or at least just feeling good in general. Let’s get you back on your feet to feeling like your old self again, but even better also. 

Forget the Past

We cannot change the past, it’s already done and there is nothing you can do about it now. Take a day or two and fester, dare to be sad, but then stop looking at what you could have or should have done better and look towards the present and what you can do now. While you are looking at new jobs and are home, you have the opportunity to hang out with the family and do some things (within financial constraints of course) that you want to do. Maybe take the time off to volunteer someplace that you don’t have the opportunity to do on a regular basis. But the premise of it is this, don’t fret about what happened and don’t assume you know the future. Do what you can now, in the moment, and the rest will follow.


Finding a Job is Now Your Job

Instead of sitting around all day doing nothing and wallowing in self pity, you can treat getting your new job like a job itself. And you should. First, it will keep your mind off of the past and looking towards the future and secondly, it will help you get back on your feet. If you treat it like it’s your regular 9-5, finding something should be relatively easy.


Take Care of You

You can no longer say you have no time to work out. Working out boosts those feel good chemicals in the brain and help you focus. Plus, you can go to your new job as a whole new person. It’s amazing what a little bit of working out can do for a person. But, working out is not the only thing, you just want to do things that make you feel good, even if it’s working on that honey-do list or projects that you have wanted to do for a while, as long as it makes you happy, go for it.

These are brief ways to feel better after you lose the job that you thought you would be at for the rest of your life (if that was the case). There are many other ways to boost your self-esteem but the basis of it would be to take care of yourself first, forget the negatives that happened in the past and go from there. Your confidence will be back in no time.

How a Minor Habit Change Can Improve Your Self-Esteem Significantly

How a Minor Habit Change Can Improve Your Self-Esteem Significantly

If you are struggling with your self-esteem, you may be trying to find the best way to build yourself up. You may think that to significantly improve your self-esteem, you have to completely change your life and who you are. The fact is that people can improve their self-esteem by making simple and minor changes to your everyday life. These little things can add up quickly and the next thing that you know, you will be shocked at how confident you are feeling.

What is the best habit that you can change? The one where you are always criticizing yourself is the first place that you need to start. This is a minor change that can easily be made by replacing the negative with a positive. For instance, maybe you are particularly sensitive about how your nose looks. You always notice it and criticize it in the mirror, bringing yourself down. Instead, try thinking about something that you love about yourself, such as your smile. Every time you look in the mirror, mention about how great your smile is. Eventually you will forget about how much you don’t like your nose and build up your self-confidence. This is just one example.

Nobody is perfect. You need to learn to love your imperfections if you are ever going to have any self-confidence. If you are constantly striving to be perfect, you are never going to be happy. Instead, appreciate what you have achieved and who you are now. You should keep a journal where you write down everything that you have achieved in your life and everything that you love about your life. Whenever you feel as though you need to work towards being a perfect person because you feel like you are missing something in your life, you should look at this journal to realize that you are awesome.

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It also can be very helpful to set realistic expectations for yourself. It can be very easy to say that you are going to have a family and own a home by 30 years old, but this is not always a reasonable expectation. If you hit this milestone without achieving these things, you will feel negatively about yourself. Accept what you have accomplished up until this point and learn from whatever mistakes that you may have made in the past that may have held you back from your dreams.

All of these things are seemingly minor habits that we have that greatly impact our daily lives. These minor habits can be changed if you work at it. It can take a bit of work and patience, but your life will be infinitely better if you do. Having a high level of self-esteem is going to change your life. It will ensure that you achieve your goals and help you to hold your head up high whenever you are walking around. You will feel unstoppable when you have a lot of self-confidence.

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