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#MondayBlogs Biggest Benefits of Reading

19 Oct

Intro:

Reading is one of my favorite activities in the world. (Cuddling with my cats is too.) And while reading is fun for many, there are more benefits than we might realize. Welcome Jose from Dissertation Planet, and see what sort of benefits you can add to your life by reading more.

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Biggest Benefits of Reading by Jose at Dissertation Planet

Reading helps us relax and address our problems from a more objective point of view. It is the best way to exercise and clear your mind. As Tyrion Lannister, a major character in George R.R. Martin’s famous fantasy novel series “A Song of Ice and Fire” said, “A mind needs books like a sword needs a whetstone…to keep it sharp.”

Keeping your mind sharp is just one of the many benefits of reading; many people read to escape reality and cut themselves some slack from their busy, normal routines. Some of the biggest benefits of reading include:

  • Increasing Your Cognitive Reserve:

No matter the genre, no matter the author, let alone the language in which the book is written, the simple act of reading can greatly benefit our cognitive level. Reading enhances our capacity for abstraction and imagination. To elaborate, reading creates more and more neural connections in our brains!

The availability of higher neural connections in the brain makes larger networks available and improves major connective tissues that accompany over time.

  • Improving Your Memory:

Reading daily enhances our library of stories, ideas, characters, terms and vocabulary which is extremely beneficial. Allowing these stories and ideas into our brain not only exercises our cognitive skills, but also improves our memory.

Photo provided by Jose

Photo provided by Jose

  • Reducing Stress:

There is no better feeling than coming home from school or work and lying down on your living room’s couch or your comfy bed to read a good book. Reading helps to relieve stress and tensions of everyday life. It opens up endless possibilities and allows us to experience new emotions & live inside the shoes of different characters.

To put it simply, reading diverts our focus away from everyday problems. And that is very essential, even if it is for an hour. Because giving ourselves some slack is very important to keep us sane.

  • Brain Stimulation and Continuous Learning:

It is already known how reading stimulates our neuronal activity, by establishing new connections. But the emotional impact of a book promotes learning and helps with the memory. It gives us the motivation to continue reading.

By stating these benefits of reading, we have only just scratched the surface. The pleasure of reading is the best value we can convey to children. It improves cognitive abilities, logical reasoning and expands our imagination.

Author Bio:

Jose works as a writer for one of the best UK dissertation writing service on internet. Dissertation Planet helps students who are looking for services to Dissertation help and dissertation writing . Jose has helped many students in writing, editing and proofreading their essays and dissertations and helping them achieve first class standard through professionally written papers.

Want to be a guest blogger? Now is the time to submit. I will be stopping guest blog posts in December, but before then, I would love to have you on! I am accepting original posts that focus on reading and writing. Pictures, links, and a bio are encouraged. You do not have to be published. If you qualify, please email me at shannonathompson@aol.com.

~SAT

#SATurday: Authors, Be Yourself

9 May

#SATurday: Authors, Be Yourself

As an author—but also as a marketer—I am constantly stressing the importance of being true to yourself and being true to your work. For instance, it’s a popular question to ask an author how long it took them to write a story. In turn, this has caused millions of debates about how long it should take. The infamous Stephen King, for example, has been quoted saying that writing a first draft shouldn’t take longer than three months, the length of a season. And to that, I say, pish posh. (Respectfully, of course.)

To me, it is ALWAYS more important to be true to the story than to meet a deadline. I mean, George R.R. Martin practically dedicated his life to writing A Song of Ice and Fire (a.k.a. Game of Thrones for you HBO fans), and he’s labeled as a serial fantasy genius. His first draft, I doubt, only demanded three months. But he didn’t care. All he cared about was writing it, so he wrote it, and he took as much time as he wanted to write it.

So what does this have to do with you?

Well, I see a lot of authors getting frazzled over writing advice or reading discussions or publishing debates or marketing tips or (insert panic now as I continue listing uncountable reasons for authors to worry). And it isn’t worth it. None of these worries are worth an author’s identity. Be you. That’s my number one rule when I talk to my clients about social media marketing as we create a plan for them. As an example, if you hate Facebook, stay off of it. There’s no reason you should be worrying yourself silly about likes and shares and outreach when you could be on Twitter with your favorites and retweets and hashtags. There’s no reason you should be throwing your precious writing time away for all the millions of things the Internet demands you to do, because—I’ll let you in on a little secret—no one can do it all. No one. So, it’s better to just do what you want to do.

beyou

This doesn’t go to say that this is easy. It’s not. There are many temptations that sneak into our time slots. It’s easy to be on Facebook and see an author who has 10,000 more likes than you and feel like you have to do what they do in order to get to where they are. But we have to stop focusing on getting to “where they are” and start focusing on getting to “where you want to be”. I get it. That can be a little confusing, especially when you “want” to be where they are. Those 10,000 likes look nice after all. But those are THEIR 10,000 likes. Those exact same 10,000 likes are not going to be the 10,000 likes you want for you and your book. You want your own 10,000 likes—likes you achieve by being you. But this is exactly where I see a popular problem arise. Authors are so focused on getting “more” followers that they forget to dedicate time to the followers they already have. The goal is not followers. The goal is being yourself.

That being said, you can definitely have more goals and look up to someone—admire their work ethic, respect their status, learn from them, etc.—but remind yourself that you are going to achieve your own goals your own way, and there’s no need to copy what others are doing. As an example, one author kept sharing exactly what another author with a larger follower was sharing. That’s not going to work. That’s not going to do anything. Why? Here are three reasons:

  1. Someone is already doing it.
  2. You’re trying to be them, not you.
  3. You’re sharing it for the wrong reasons. (For followers, not because you enjoy it.)

You have to be you and do what you want to do. When you do that, you will come through as a unique and wonderful voice, and people who like you will find you. There’s no need to worry or debate or copy or steal or take shots at one another.

Just be you, and everything else will fall into place.

~SAT

Thank you for the announcement, Boo Boo.

Thank you for the announcement, Boo Boo.

Are you a writer? As many of you know, I have guest bloggers every Monday. I accept original posts about anything to do with writing and reading. It can be as complicated as in-depth writing tips to as simple as how your favorite series affected your life. You do not have to be published to be a guest blogger. Bios, links, and photos are encouraged. Please email me at shannonathompson@aol.com if you’re interested.

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