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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.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in guest articles are those of the author/s and do not necessarily reflect my own. To show authenticity of the featured writer, articles are posted as provided (a.k.a. I do not edit them). However, the format may have changed.

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

When Reading is a “Fad”

22 Sep

Announcements: 

During my latest interview, I had to fight a blush when The Random Book Blogger asked me which Take Me Tomorrow character I would marry if I had to chose one. Read my answer by clicking here, or read her book review by clicking here. The Random Book Blogger shared a favorite quote from the story, so I thought I would share it, too, “Family,” Noah emphasized, “is important.”  If you want to know why Noah said this, you can check out the book here. ::wink wink::

When Reading is a “Fad”

Fad, according to the dictionary, is “an intense and widely shared enthusiasm for something, especially one that is short-lived and without basis in the object’s qualities; a craze.”

I think we can all agree that fads happen in the reading community often. Even if you aren’t a reader, popular titles have taken over the big screen. Twilight, Divergent, Harry Potter, Fifty Shades of Grey, and The Fault in Our Stars were everywhere, and even more novels will pop up in the future. Anymore it seems like most movies are based on novels, which is understandable considering most major production companies want an audience before they spend millions creating a film for the big screen, but it has only increased the visibility of reading fads. In fact, bookstores have even changed. The one near my house have an entire shelf dedicated to books for the big screen, and it includes books that are currently in the theatre as well as books that will be released as movies later this year. Someone is always standing by that shelf, and it was my recent trip to the bookstore that forced me to think about this.

Are reading fads positive or negative? Should we pay attention to them or write them off as nothing but entertainment?

That’s what I’m talking about today. Below, I’m going to be focusing on the pros and cons of book fads, including why you should stay updated on the latest and why you shouldn’t care. (Because that’s the unbiased thing to do, right?)

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Why you should care:

For me, this is a given, but I’m also involved in the publishing world. I want to know what’s in and what readers are talking about mainly because I’m obsessed with the book market (and it is a part of my job). That being said, I want to ignore that part of my life for a minute, and talk about this from strictly a reader’s perspective. It can be fun to share reads my friends and family who also read. By reading what is “in”, I’m increasing my chances to being up-to-date in my personal life as well as my work life or just plain ol’ conversations at the coffee shop. Paying attention to reading fads can be like paying attention to fashion fads. No one wears poodle skirts anymore, but people love that side braid, so I’m going to attempt that side braid, and when I try it, I might like it, and I might dislike it, but at least the trend pointed me to an opportunity I didn’t previously consider. Not a bad thing if I actually find myself enjoying what is “in”. (And that never means that I have to give up my traditional ponytail – a.k.a. my other books – that I’ve always loved and will continue to love).

Why you shouldn’t care:

Who cares if poodle skirts aren’t in anymore? I want to wear one, and I’m going to wear it to the bookstore. (Is this metaphor weird yet?) No one has to read what everyone is talking about because we don’t have to conform to the same conversations that everyone and their cousin is having. So what if everyone cannot wait until Valentine’s Day for Fifty Shades? Good for them. I can’t wait for chocolate, and that’s me. (Okay. Not going to lie. I probably will see the movie, but that’s for the top section. Oops.) But readers don’t have to care about what’s in or what might be in or what is in the theatres or whether or not they read the book before the film or even if there is a film at all. Just enjoy the entertainment like you want to, and if someone wants to talk about the in thing, let them (or talk about something else). There’s so much to discover in the world, and who knows? You might discover the next “big” thing before anyone else knows how big it is. That makes you a hipster. (In a good way….no PBR allowed…okay. Fine…PBR allowed, but only if the bookstore is BYOB).

In the end, there are many reasons as to why one reader might enjoy keeping up with the latest trends and there are just as many reasons not to. Being a reader means the reader is allowed to read whatever they want to for whatever reasons they want to. I have no problems with “fad” readers, and I have no issues with readers who strive to avoid trending books. I’ve personally found myself on both sides of the argument only to realize there shouldn’t be an argument at all.

Reading is what we enjoy, and that is enough for me.

~SAT

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