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How To Cultivate a Healthy Reading Habit in 2023

An open book in a library

A healthy reading habit can be interpreted to be a healthy eating habit, but instead of eating, you are reading. You are not just reading anything you see, you are reading books, and articles that would contribute to your growth in all aspects of your life. (Mental, spiritual, physical, intellectual, etc).

Due to the pressure associated with this season, it is possible for you to start by reading everything you see and in the end, you don’t have a healthy reading habit and you are far away from your goals. In this article, I will be sharing with you can build a healthy reading habit to help you become better in 2023.

Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become. James Clear

A healthy reading habit is a conscious effort to devote time and resources to the process of looking at a series of written symbols and getting a sense of their meaning.

It can also be described as being intentional with acquiring knowledge from reading books, articles, magazines, journals, and other written resources from other people.

Yes, it seems easy to achieve but it requires a lot more from whoever wants to achieve it. The fact that you are reading this article, shows that you are intentional about building your reading habit.

How to cultivate a healthy reading habit

1. Identify what aspect of your life you believe reading will help

Reading is an activity that requires an individual to look into a written text and absorb the information written to develop their intellectual capacity. This means that you can not afford to read randomly.

It is important that you identify what aspect of your life, this way your choice of resources will align with your desire, and thus you are on your way to committing time and resources to this habit because it interests you.

Reading is when someone looks into a written text and starts to absorb the information from the written linguistic message

2. Research and purchase the resources

After you must have identified your reading goal for a specific period of time, the next step is to get the books you will be reading. Again, don’t allow fear of missing out (FOMO) to motivate you to purchase resources that don’t align with your goal.

Remember we want to reduce the percentage of abandoned books and at the same time ensure that we have a healthy reading habits. Just like a good eating habit, you have to commit to making the resources you need within your reach.

For example, your goal for the first three months of the year can be to learn more about personal finance. Your list of books/articles/magazines should be on personal finance. Avoid the temptation of reading every book because there is a rave about it.

3. Setup a timeline to finish a book

A good way to cultivate a good habit in line with your goal is to set up a timeline. A timeline helps to give you direction and keep you on your toes in a bid to get things done.

It takes your goal from something that would happen in the future and moves it into the present and also help you to be committed to achieving your goal. A timeline will help you to create a schedule and make progress toward your goal.

4. Get an accountability structure

Accountability is an important tool for making and breaking habits, and scaling your reading habits. It can be divided into two, (I) Be accountable to yourself. (ii) Be accountable to people other than you.

Create a structure that keeps you accountable to yourself, you are first responsible to yourself than to other people. Accountability to other people is an additional step in ensuring that you achieve your goal.

To get this done, get your friends or family members who have the ability and willpower to influence you from the outside to carry out your decision when due. A cue I took from James Clear, “Atomic Habits” is creating a habit contract with trusted friends or family members whereby when you default in the contract, you have to pay defaulting fees as agreed by both parties. Check the book out here.

5. Reward yourself whenever you cross a milestone

Every time you receive a reward, your body releases dopamine which creates a sense of pleasure. This in turn will increase productivity and motivation. As such, you can use this to your advantage by giving yourself small rewards as you work towards a bigger goal.

For example, your daily goal can be to read 5 articles on personal finance and take note of action steps to take after reading. When you successfully do this, you can decide to reward yourself with your favorite snack. The next day, you won’t struggle with reading another 5 articles because you know there is a reward at the end of the day.

Tips to note when deciding on rewards

  • Pick a reward that doesn’t negate the goal you want to achieve. For example, if you want to build a healthy reading habit, your reward should not be mindlessly scrolling through social media.
  • Your reward can be something related to what you’ve just done.
  • Pick something that will indeed motivate you to do more. For example, you can get a highlighter as a reward, the desire to explore its use will spur you to spend time reading.

Conclusion

In this article, I have shared with you how you can cultivate a healthy reading habit, and I have also shared examples with you. As you have read through, it’s pretty important that you do not stick to simply reading this article but also put it into action as well.

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7 Reasons Book Reading is Better than Movies

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Book reading and movies are two similar tools with unique differences that make it impossible for one to replace the other. do you wonder how? I will share the how with you in this article.

I’m sure you as curious as I am when I was writing this article know the difference between these tools that have become a part of our lives. You can hardly find an individual who has not seen at least one movie, and at the same time, you can hardly find an individual who has not read at least one book.  Remember I said they are similar, but before I delve into their similarities and differences, I will like to introduce the background of each of these tools to you.

Why Book Reading?

book is any written document. Throughout history, many different materials have been used for books, such as beech bark and bamboo according to Study.

Another definition of a book describes it as a number of pieces of paper, usually with words printed on them, which are fastened together and fixed inside a cover of stronger paper or cardboard.

Books are a global phenomenon and, like stories, they belong to everyone. No singular set of characters, nor type of story, has any authority over another. Just like all cultures and histories, all stories have a place in the bookcases of the libraries of the world.

Book reading as an activity serves as a tool for the transfer of information and knowledge from one generation to another, and also a medium of communication across geographical location, age, language, and continent. Technology has also contributed to the possibility of this happening in lesser time.

Why Movies?

film, also known as a “movie” or a “motion picture,” is a series of moving images shown on a screen, usually with sound, that make up a story according to vocabulary. It can also be defined as a recording of moving images that tell a story and that people watch on a screen or television. A movie simply transfers information and knowledge through motion graphics, unlike books that are transferred through written means.

They are both similar as they serve as a medium of communication and transferring of knowledge from the sender to the receiver, but as stated earlier, they have differences.

7 Reasons Why Books are Better

1. Freedom of Imagination

Books give you the freedom to create imaginations, unlike movies that give you the imaginations of the scriptwriter and the producer. If you give a book to two people to explain what they understand from reading, you will end up with multiple perspectives, but you can’t get this with a movie. You can experiment with this with your friends.

2. Books are more detailed

To produce a movie, you are restricted by a couple of things ranging from the capacity of the crew members, the budget, the specified timeline, and the movie duration. The movie duration especially, because you want to capture your audience’s attention and keep it till the end of the movie. And humans have limited attention spans. Unlike a book that you can pick up anytime and on whatever page you stop at. A book author is not bothered about the same thing that bothers a movie producer. He/She can write as much they want to share with their audience without fear of staying within budget, and the capacity of the crew members.

3. Portability

You can carry a book around with you almost anywhere you go and continue from wherever you stop. There’s now also the option of reading it on your electronic devices like your smartphones, laptop, and Ipad as e-books and there are also audiobooks. You can do this with some movies too, sure, but most of the time movies are better enjoyed on a bigger screen.

4. Better understanding of the subject matter

Movies mostly give you access to the surface of the subject matter while books give you an in-depth and better understanding of the subject matter. It also makes it possible for you to return to read over and over again to understand the knowledge shared. And in the case of fictional books, it helps you to know the character better.

5. Reading is cheaper than seeing a movie:

If you have to go to the cinema to see a movie, you do not only spend money, you spend time, and energy that could have been used for something more profitable. We now have audiobook reading that you can listen to on your daily morning run, waiting in the lobby, the trip to the rest room amongst others. It cost you less to read a book than to see a movie.

6. Access to a wide range of knowledge

According to The New Publishing Standard, Amazon has published more than 2 million books so far, making it possible for readers around the globe to have access to a wide range of knowledge and information. Amazon is one out of the other global bookstore that exists, if we add the numbers up, that’s a huge number. Imagine yourself as a published author who has a book that can be accessed across the globe, isn’t that interesting? If you are wondering how to publish your own book, visit our website to take charge of the existing discount we are giving to first-time book publishers.

7. Improved Vocalbulary

Your vocabulary improves by reading more than by seeing movies because movies must limit the vocabulary to ensure that the viewers can easily understand without consulting Google or a dictionary. They also give you a better mental workout and help your brain remain active and engaged. Neuroscientists have proven that reading demands more of your brain than the visual and speech processing required to watch a movie. They also help you to relieve stress and researchers have found out that it’s better than taking a walk, listening to music, or seeing a movie, and also reducing our screen time.

Conclusion

In this article, I have shared with you the definition of book reading and its difference from movies. I also shared reasons why book reading is better than spending minutes or hours on movies. I am not outrightly canceling movies, as they have different roles to play in entertaining us and giving us exposure, I have only shown you the importance of investing in authoring books and making knowledge available for generations to come.

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