How to Love Reading Books Again

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About a quarter of Americans don’t read books, according to Pew Research Center. Several factors seem correlate with low reading time, including household income and gender (men are most likely not to have read a book in the past year). The US Time Use Survey conducted by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that most Americans spend slightly more 15 minutes of reading per day something for personal enjoyment. But reading should not just be seen as a pleasure or a luxury. Research has found that reading has real mental and physical benefits. A study of the National Library of Medicine shows that reading increase their ability to empathize. Further research on Neurology.org shows that those who read regularly are less likely to develop plaque in the brain which is associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Those books gathering dust on your shelf shouldn’t just be for decoration: they’re tools for your overall well-being. But, we get it: in today’s society, it can be hard to find the time or motivation to sit down and read a book. More draws our attention in a dozen directions today than it did for our grandparents or great-grandparents. So, on the occasion of International Literacy Day, here are some tips to help you rediscover the pleasure of reading.

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1) Create a reading nook

One thing that could keep you from resuming reading could be the simple fact that you don’t have a comfortable, quiet place to do so. As with everything from sleeping to working from home, it’s hard to do anything if you don’t have a dedicated space. It’s especially difficult if other members of your household don’t recognize and respect it when you read. Create a reading nook. Get a really comfortable chair – try a recliner, as aligning your spine properly and raising your legs can encourage you to sit still for hours. Get a good reading lamp so you don’t strain your eyes to see the text. Add a comfortable pillow and blanket so you don’t have to get up to adjust the temperature if you’re cold.

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2) Create a club

If you’re a social butterfly or a real extrovert, reading can be especially tricky because it’s a solitary activity. However, you can probably – like most extroverts – be motivated by the promise of social activity at the end of the task. So start a book club. You can expect to know that if you read, you can have a fun evening of wine, cheese, and books with friends and have an interesting conversation about reading. But, you can’t intervene in the conversation if you haven’t read it! Be sure to add members you’ll be looking forward to seeing and chatting about each week.

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3) Find books that will improve your life

If you’re a goal-oriented person who likes to consume information that will improve your life, then maybe reading is hard for you because you don’t like novels. We understand that. A novel about a sensual affair that involves BDSM doesn’t exactly enrich the mind. So maybe you need books that will change your life. You can check out psychology books that discuss how the mind works and help you develop new perspectives, new mindsets, and new psychological tools to tackle everything from your career goals to your mental health issues. . Knowing that when you’re done with those books your life could be better could really encourage you to read.

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4) Read the book a favorite movie was based on

Reading a book that a favorite TV show or movie is based on can be a lot of fun. And there are many today. It’s like working backwards. Some people have read all the books before seeing the movie, but if you’ve already seen the movie, that’s fine too. It can be fascinating to see how the source material differs from the movie or show. Sometimes you’ll find interesting elements of a character or scene that weren’t part of the screen rendering. These can give you a whole new way to view history. Then it can be fun to re-render the screen with this new understanding.

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5) Hide in a library

If you can’t convince your family or roommates to leave you alone while you read at home, you can always sneak into a library. Or maybe a bookstore. Do a bit of exploring and find a regular bookstore or library in your town where you can huddle in a corner for hours, non-stop. Turn off your phone (usually needed in libraries anyway). Being physically removed from your normal surroundings and surrounded by stacks of books and that good book smell can also get you mentally carried away. You’ll be amazed at how much you lose track of time reading in a corner of the library.

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6) Do just a little a day

For some, it’s hard to start a task if you’re overwhelmed by the end goal. So don’t worry about finishing the book. Don’t think of it as 300 pages. Just do 10 pages a day. Hey, you can start with five pages a day. Assign yourself what is reasonable for your schedule. Before you know it, reading time won’t be homework but actually the thing you look forward to. You to have to read when your other tasks are done. You might start to see that it’s very relaxing because when you read it means you’re not doing the dishes or answering emails.

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7) Reading in the bath

For some, it’s about creating an environment where nothing can get in the way of your reading. If you’re a parent, you’ve probably learned this trick: when mom’s in the bath, no one can disturb her. There is an understanding in the house that this is your self-care time. And people usually understand that asking you to do something means asking you to get out of the tub, so they ask the parent who isn’t in the tub instead. Grab your book, get a nice little tub caddy to keep it dry, add a glass of wine and some candles, and soak in warm water and a good read.

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8) Pack your book

Your book can be your savior in stressful or even just plain boring situations. Keep it in your purse or backpack. You’ll start to notice all those times of your day that you’d like to escape into a book, like when you’re sitting in your dentist’s lobby, waiting for your visit. Or when you’re sitting in your child’s parking lot, waiting to pick them up. How about waiting for the laundry to be done? A book turns those seemingly time-wasting moments into pleasant escapes from reality. You may not find time to read at home, but you can probably find time to read outside your home.

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