10 Ways How Reading Improves Your Personality

When was the last time you read a book? Wondering… can’t recollect… in school, or college, or during a workshop, or during a course or are you among people who read occasionally when you get time or among people who read daily (daily – that’s awesome – a pat on your shoulder)

“Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light” – Vera Nazarian 

“If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

In today’s time more than anything else everyone is busy on their cell phones, laptops, iPad, tablets etc. whether work or no work… which means people can definitely free up some time to do something valuable like reading. Make it a habit to read rather make it a culture to cultivate this wonderful habit of reading.

Oh yes!, there are ebooks and audio books (which one can even listen to).

Let’s look at 10 Ways How Reading Helps To Improve Your Personality:

1. Knowledge

As they say, “knowledge never goes waste” and this is something no one can take away from you. Reading books helps you to understand and know about various concepts, tools and resources that you might not be aware of.  You are better equipped to face challenges in your life as well as help others face challenges. As a matter of fact, you can apply these learnings to your day to day activities to handle various situations in a better way.

2. Word Bank

This goes without saying that the more you read; the more you are exposed to a good amount of vocabulary. You can make a notebook or a journal and keep adding words to it at regular basis.

These words can be the ones that you might not have heard of or you might have heard of but can’t recollect what they mean. You can keep visiting your journal regularly. This helps in improving your vocabulary.

Words are like a “Bank”. When you need the right words, you can get them easily. This helps in developing your overall personality and awareness. As a matter of fact to a level when you can help generate awareness about education. It helps you to present and carry yourself well at work, school, college or even in your daily interactions with people.

It’s a good way to learn a new language as well.

3. Memory

The most important point – it definitely helps to increase your memory power because when you read a book you are able to remember the events, incidents, methods or quiz described there.

4. Analyse

Yes! When you make reading as a habit (rather as a culture), you will realize that you are able to analyze and understand things better. You also start to understand yourself and others better. This helps in improving your own performance and thought process.

5. Improved Focus and Concentration

When you begin to read and analyze, automatically your focus and concentration increases. Say for example – when you read a book, you get involved in it which leads to improved focus and concentration.

6. Time Management

Now you are wondering… where does time management come into the picture? When you start to read more and more, you start to focus on taking time out to read and complete the topic, chapter, quiz, points or strategy that you were reading. This way, you land up managing your time which you would have spent chatting, or watching TV etc..

7. Improved Communication Skills

Yes! Now with improvement in your reading – it is obvious that you develop better communication skills. You are a confident personality and are able to express yourself fluently; written and verbally both.

8. Inner Peace

Peace! Yes, you read it correct. In the process of inculcating the habit of reading, you start connecting with yourself and reading what you like rather what you love. This automatically brings a sort of calmness and inner peace within you. This helps in reducing your blood pressure levels and controlling your mood swings.

9. Connecting With New People

Wow! This sounds great to me. In the process of uplifting yourself and making fruitful use of your time; you might start connecting with the author of the book, the people in similar niche or community. You come to know about various ways people put the process, tool or resources discussed in the book to practice and how they are benefiting from them. You start networking and making friends. This opens up a whole new possibility or possibilities for you.

10. Improved Relationships

This is a good way to nurture your relationships and get engaged with them. Reading books to your kids (even if it is bed time stories), suggesting good books to them to help them improve their life and become better individuals, exchanging ideas with them or with your team.

In this process, you develop improved relationships with people around you and the people you network with.

There are many more such benefits and the list goes on…

Now just think of this, even if you spend 20 mins reading everyday ==> 20 mins * 365 days = 7300 mins .. Phew! Amazing isn’t it?

About the Author

Pooja Shende
Pooja Shende is the Founder of Lotus Soul 9. She is an Entrepreneur, Author, Keynote Speaker, a Transformation Coach, Practitioner Of Emotional Intelligence, and Practitioner of NLP. Read more about her by clicking on the About Us tab.

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