Mid-Week Reads for the Female Psyche
Sometimes I feel that we have left many good habits behind us and replaced them with phone screens. Reading is one of them.
Why not give ourselves a break, have a nice cup of tea, and sit in a cosy corner to avoid distractions, to become fully immersed in literature. I believe that reading allows us to expand our horizons and provides one of the most significant and accessible opportunities for both personal and professional growth and well-being. Reading provides us with the power to disconnect for some time from the stressful world, touches the boundaries of the imagination without taking a step out of our comfort zone and physical environment.
The habit of reading is often marked by influential and successful people as essential and a habit that should be taught and passed down to our children. Those who read more frequently can absorb more knowledge and encourage their own personal and professional evolution.
Why People Who Read A Lot Are More Likely To Be Successful
- Avid readers tend to be able to maintain focus for longer
- They maintain a broad perspective
- They reflect and contemplate
- Often readers have strong communication skills in at least one communicative outlet, such as writing and, or public speaking.
- Studies have shown readers to have strong memory recall
- They are creative with their imagination and often posses the ability to see the larger picture, continuously evolving and expanding their ideas
- They stay fresh and up to date
- They are educated and informed
Habitual reading can bring several benefits, and here we name just a few:
- Expand Your Knowledge
By reading regularly, a person will immediately start to broaden the knowledge. This might sound glaring, but reading expands the ability to understand different situations, cope with challenges, alternate mindsets, and human behaviours. Whatever you may read, fact or fiction, both have positive outcomes and is likely to further your creativity.
- Enrich Your Vocabulary
Reading truly helps to discover and unlock new words and expressions. It can be extremely helpful in increasing the communication and interpersonal skills of a person. It gives the ability to express yourself effectively as a powerful differentiator, placing the reader ahead of the competition.
- Improve Your Focal Abilities
Our ability to concentrate is often discussed and raised as something impaired by the development of technologies. The countless mobile applications crying for attention through notifications, instant communication and addictive social tools can all end up leaving our attention fragmented. The habit of reading a book is the best antidote to this trend. Keeping focused on a book can strengthen our ability to hold attention.
- Increase Emotional Intelligence
Even If someone is interested in reading technical books, it will be making us familiar with someone else's perspective. Therefore, it does not matter what kind of literature a person is drawn to; reading develops the ability to respect another person's view. Insight serves as the foundation for the solid development of teamwork and helps us grow and enrich together.
- Live for Longer
A study conducted by Yale University in 2016 with 5,635 participants over 50 states, "our analyses demonstrated that any level of book reading gave a significantly stronger survival advantage than reading periodicals. This is a novel finding, as previous studies did not compare types of reading material; it indicates that book reading rather than reading, in general, is driving a survival advantage."
The reason is that book reading involves more cognitive faculties. The readers didn't begin with higher cognitive faculties than the non-readers; they engaged in the activity of reading, which heightened those faculties. "This finding suggests that reading books provides a survival advantage due to the immersive nature that helps maintain cognitive status," said the study's authors.
Here are some excellent reads that are nominated to be the best books in recent years. Grab one at your leisure, and let us be a part of this literally and imaginative world.
WOMEN WHO RUN WITH THE WOLVES, BY CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTES
Chosen by Emma Watson for her feminist book club 'Our Shared Shelf', this book paves the way to re-connect with our deep feminine instincts: "the wild woman within".
THE AUTHENTICITY PROJECT BY CLARE POOLEY
What would happen if we all told the truth about our lives?
DEAR LIFE BY RACHEL CLARKE
A doctor's story of love and loss
A LONG PETAL OF THE SEA BY ISABEL ALLENDE
Allende writes from the heart this stunning tribute to human courage, compassion and hope.
BLURRED LINES BY HANNAH BEGBIE
A timely story of moral dilemmas.
IF I NEVER MET YOU BY MHAIRI MCFARLANE
Lawyer Laurie is heartbroken when her partner of 18 years leaves her.