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How Success Can Pursue You As A Reader - ETCSINES

How Success Can Pursue You As A Reader - ETCSINES

This topic will make us to focus on three things; the benefits of reading, the impact it has on the reader and success that will come out of it. We must do justice to the 
application of this 3 concepts to the topic before we are done.

I will start with a wonderful quote as follows; Books are the most quiet and lasting friends, the easiest to reach, the wisest counselors and the most patient teachers." 
Charles W. Eliot.
As I progress in this write up, I must make some distinctions between Reading and cramming since this is the context of the write up. A person who crams only reads because of a particular event or happening, the person usually tries to take in a lot of information in a very short space of time e.g. for an interview, a test, an exam or general assesment. After the happening or the event the persons distances his or herself from habitual reading until another event is expected to happen, they 
usually forget all that was taken in after a few weeks since it was assimilated under pressure.

This is different from the person that reads as an habit and for general development, our focus is on this type of personality. We shall briefly identify some of the beneits of this type of reading;

1. Reading reduces stress
When we read, we are still. We get comfortable. Most people sit while reading. Our bodies do not carry any special movements, they rest. The breathing slows down. We calm down. We imagine ourselves in the worlds or situations described by words in the book. While reading we cannot think of other tasks or worries. Because of all this reasons, reading does reduce stress.

2. Reading help us build a better vocabulary
It has been proven that book readers have a richer vocabulary, so for them it is easier to find the best expression for all that they want to tell others. In general, the more you read, the richer your vocabulary gets. Furthermore, books are definitely a treasure trove of knowledge!

3. Reading stimulates imagination
We are limited only to the extent to which our imagination is limited. When we read about unknown places, our mind itself creates the imaginative images in our heads, rather than simply saving images from small screens in memory. Thus, the imagination and creativity of our minds are being strengthened by reading.

4. Reading lights up new ideas
Reading encourages us to think. Sometimes, we even start dreaming based on the content we read. In addition, reading gives us new perspectives, that the reader may not even have thought of itself! Thus, through reading, we get new ideas and inspiration, so that we ourselves may try something new or different, inspired the things we read.

5. Reading improves focus and concentration
While reading, we concentrate on the thoughts of the story or whatever is the content of the book. We usually read longer than we do other tasks. Unlike other activities, we do not run parallel thoughts or "other movies" in our heads while reading. The longer we read, the more concentrated we are. Learning requires concentration, and for this reason, reading books for fun and relaxation is an investment in one's ability to concentrate and it's consequently, a basis for successful learning.

6. Reading improves your memory
While reading, we usually have more time to think about the things we just read. Reading books offers us the opportunity to stop and take the moment to rethink or reflect on the content we just read. This is not possible during a movie or when listening to the radio.

7. Reading makes you smarter
Books are a real treasure trove of data and new knowledge, and are much cheaper than courses and education. We become more intelligent by reading books, more interesting and appealing. By reading you will become better in communication, you will improve your knowledge on various topics as well as rhetorical skills.

8. Mental Stimulation
Studies have shown that staying mentally stimulated can slow the progress of (or possibly even prevent) Alzheimer’s and Dementia, since keeping your brain active and engaged prevents it from losing power. Just like any other muscle in the body, the brain requires exercise to keep it strong and healthy, so the phrase “use it or lose it” is particularly apt when it comes to your mind. Doing puzzles and playing games such as chess have also been found to be helpful with cognitive stimulation.

9. Better Writing Skills
This goes hand-in-hand with the expansion of your vocabulary: exposure to published, well-written work has a noted effect on one’s own writing, as observing the cadence, fluidity, and writing styles of other authors will invariably influence your own work. In the same way that musicians influence one another, and painters use techniques established by previous masters, so do writers learn how to craft prose by reading the works of others.

10. Tranquility
In addition to the relaxation that accompanies reading a good book, it’s possible that the subject you read about can bring about immense inner peace and tranquility. Reading spiritual texts can lower blood pressure and bring about an immense sense of calm, while reading self-help books has been shown to help people suffering from certain mood disorders and mild mental illnesses.
Now that we have examined the benefits of reading and how it affects the reader, we can now look at a summary of the implications it has on ensuring success for the personality. 

If a single individual is able to experience reduced stress, better vocabulary, stimulated imagination, new ideas, improved focus and concentration, improvement in memory, enhanced smartness, mental stimulation, better writing skills and tranquillity from the habit of reading, you will agree with me that it will be a simple conclusion that this kind of individual will be above average and have enhanced advantage over other people. This is a sure recipe for success.

I believe what we can take with us as I conclude is that it is not too late to pick up and develop a lifestyle as well as an habit of reading and certainly become a sure success going to happen. It is a like a wheel grinding slowly but surely and making immense impact that the world must surely remember. 

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