Though making resolutions every “New Year” is not my scene this year I am making a resolution – to read a book for at least 30 mins at the allotted time and sitting in a designated corner of my home. So much so, that I plan to put an alarm to stick to the time.

How did you like the idea?

Good, but you feel that it is difficult as you are in a nerve-wracking corporate job that involves many hours of travel every day. Fair enough! Still, it is not difficult to attempt as you can curtail any mundane activity in your routine say social media engagement, and allot that time to reading. You can choose to read anything, some news, articles, features, essays, or anything else that you like. The best would be to start reading a book and allot it a deadline that you would finish the book in one month.

Why am I recommending reading so much? Reading equips you with so many merits like:  Reading develops language skills and vocabulary. Reading books is also a way to relax and reduce stress. It is important to read a good book at least for a few minutes each day to stretch the brain muscles for healthy functioning.

Now the question would be: What is the purpose of reading? Throughout the world, reading literacy is directly related to the reasons people read; broadly, these reasons include reading for pleasure and personal interest, learning, and participation in society.

Think before you speak. Read before you think.” — Fran Lebowitz

You can start with reading just 10 lines a day but why just 10 lines?

Reading is important because it develops your mind and gives you excessive knowledge and lessons of life. It helps you understand the world around you better. It keeps your mind active and enhances your creative ability. Communication Skills: Reading improves your vocabulary and develops your communication skills.

What are the 5 benefits of reading?

  • Increase your vocabulary and comprehension skills.
  • Reading strengthens your brain; and helps you widen your vocabulary
  • Aids in your ability to comprehend information.
  • Reduce stress.
  • Help you prepare to sleep.
  • Prevents cognitive decline.
  • Might even help you live longer.

What makes Book Lovers stand apart:

  • Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read.
  • There is no friend as loyal as a book.
  • Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.
  • The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest (people) of the past centuries.

I am asking you to read something every day preferably a book and become a reader and not Bibliophile. As I say that, you would like to know who is termed a Bibliophile?

You can call a book lover a bibliophile. If you find it impossible to leave a bookstore without buying at least one book, you might be a bibliophile. A bibliophile usually has a huge collection of books and loves nothing more than browsing in a used bookshop or a library.

Your reading habit would not only make you a good reader but also a better writer. As reading and writing activities are interrelated, you would acquire two skills by just reading.

 “We read in bed because reading is halfway between life and dreaming, our consciousness in someone else’s mind.” — Anna Quindlen

As mentioned, just by dedicated reading you can develop a strong vocabulary that can readily benefit you to strengthen your writing ability both personally and professionally. It inspires writers to stay positive and express their thoughts more clearly. Reading helps us develop a knack for understanding the perspective of different authors and helps in write about things by ourselves. It is very crucial to comprehend the subject matter and allow our memory to retain it.

As mentioned above, we are living in very stressful times owing to our personal and professional conditions. There is no escape from stress, even a child is stressed. Here reading every day would work like therapy. It is quite therapeutic. It leads to reducing stress and lowering anxiety.

How? Reading leads you on a journey to another world.

People reading literature or novels require a lot of concentration, allowing them to stay away from the distractions in their lives, promoting inner calmness and enhancing overall health.

If your circumstance puts you through depression, reading becomes an essential aspect of learning and has multiple benefits attached to the exercise. Reading is important because it makes you more empathetic, and knowledgeable and stimulates your imagination. A study conducted by the University of Sussex showed that reading reduces stress by 68%. It helps reduce tension and relax muscles which in turn helps people sleep better and stay healthy.

This way we see that your daily reading habit helps you in so many ways. You may not become a bibliophile but surely a reader.

I am going to do this, are you going to do it?

Do it and be HappyHO.