What do some of the most successful people have in common? Well it is there love for reading. From Oprah Winfrey to Amitabh Bachan, from Bill Gates to Warren Buffet all these people love to read. Andrew Collins documented what a lot of billionaires think about reading. According to him Oprah and Bill Gates have said that they started reading early and read many books and that gave them the necessary knowledge and skills. Warren Buffet has been quoted saying that he spends 80% of his time reading and reflecting. As Dr. Seuss once wrote, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
Books take us to different worlds and help us to explore places, people and things in a wonderful, inexpensive manner. They open our minds to possibilities and are a reservoir of knowledge. One of my all time favorite places is the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne. Sitting at this center of knowledge I have been gifted of insights that has helped me grow both personally and professionally. Surrounded by books of all shapes and kinds spurs us to enhance our knowledge base and unlike technological devices they do not run out of battery.
Give the gift of reading books to your loved ones especially children. According to a research paper from University of California, Berkeley, children’s books expose kinds to 50 percent more words that TV. It builds their vocabulary. Brain pickings came up with a wonderful list of children books of 2016. You can check out here: https://www.brainpickings.org/2016/12/12/the-best-childrens-books- of-2016/.
1. It relaxes us. “It really doesn’t matter what book you read, by losing yourself in a thoroughly engrossing book you can escape from the worries and stresses of the everyday world and spend a while exploring the domain of the author’s imagination,” cognitive neuropsychologist David Lewis told The Telegraph.
2. It increases our knowledge – It helps us to gain knowledge and knowledge is the number 1 currency in the world. Reading opens us to new information and that can impact everything we do. Books can help us gain skills and expertise in our chosen field of work. Reading also boosts your brainpower. The way you do jogging for your body, reading gives your brain a workout. As we get older, there is decline in memory and brain function, but when we read regularly it keeps our mind sharper according to research published in Neurology.
3. Reading can help you sleep better. According to the Mayo Clinic, creating a bedtime ritual, like reading before bed, signals to your body that it’s time to wind down and go to sleep. At Aham Devarun our head, partnerships is doing a Vlogpost on books that have made a difference to us at Aham. Hope you are following that and enjoying that. Find the time to read. It’ll make the biggest difference in your life long term. Reading an hour a day is just 4% of your day but this 4% will take you forward in unimaginable ways and increase your knowledge base and put you on top of your game in ten years.