The Joy and Serenity of Reading

The Joy and Serenity of Reading

Reading is an activity loved by millions. Yet there are those who have yet to discover the true joys and benefits of indulging in a great book. Whichever group you're in, it never hurts to be reminded just how wonderful the written word can be! Here are some benefits reading brings:

1.  Travel to exotic places. Maybe one of your life's desires is to travel more but you've struggled in making it happen. Not to worry - just pick up a book that tells about visiting various countries. We All Went on Safari: A Counting Journey Through Tanzania children’s book takes you on a counting journey through the grasslands of Tanzania. For an adult read, I really enjoyed Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah who provides a comically and compelling story about his birth and childhood in the midst of apartheid in South Africa.

2.  Learn about obscure subjects. Although you may not plan to learn about unusual subjects, reading can actually help you discover topics that stimulate your interests and galvanize you to dig further into a subject.

3.  Expand your mind about how others live. For many, their own culture is the extent of their sociological knowledge. However, there's a whole world of people out there who think, behave and live differently from you. Wouldn't it be fascinating and mind opening to discover how others live?

  • Reading has the capacity to introduce you to people from all different cultures in the world and all walks of life.

4.  Recognize the humanity in others. Whether the stories you read are true or fictional, a special joy of reading is that you can better see and relate to the humanness of others.

Reading about a secret mistake someone made or a tribulation that someone weathered illustrates how we're all connected in ways we may not have considered.

5.  Use reading to relax. The serenity of reading may be matched only by activities like yoga or meditation. If you want to relax and experience serenity, try picking up a book.

Although not every type of book will help with this, find those that tap into that mood for you. A favored author or a series you love just might bring you a little closer to bliss. Taking that time to read and envision a different bookaverse…lol will take your shift your mind away from the stressors of life

6.  Find peace. When the world gets loud and crazy and you're not sure what to do, indulge in your favorite read, whether it’s a book or magazine. If you are looking through Essence, Home and Garden or some other easy-to-flip-through journal. Take the time and seek your much needed serenity through reading.

7.  Calm your mind. Life can be tumultuous. Your mind's sense of calm can    be disrupted. But if you use reading as an outlet, you'll be able to find your balance and return to a more serene place.

  • Reading books or poems that center on nature will help you find a calm center.

8.  De-focus from life's turmoil. Reading can be life's sweet escape, at least for a couple of hours. Regardless of the turmoil and chaos that may cross your path, you can re-focus    your energies on reading an engaging book that's full of adventure or laughter. Allow reading to rev up your creative imagination and take you on an adventure Reading rejuvenates, regardless of your situation. When you open a book, you open your life to endless possibilities for joy and serenity. Life will be more satisfying than you've ever imagined.

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