Tips and tricks for how to make reading a long-term good habit. I go into my personal journey making reading a habit and the benefits I got from it along the way.
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BENEFITS OF READING: 3:13
TIPS TO MAKE READING A HABIT: 4:37
The habit that changed it all for me was READING.
Back in middle school, I was placed in a remedial reading class where every other day I was forced to skip lunch with friends to eat lunch with a reading teacher.
I wasn't too thrilled, especially when my history teacher popped his head in to flirt with my reading teacher, I felt embarrassed looking stupid in front of him because I prided myself on being smart in his class.
Fast forward to my freshman year of high school.
I went to go live with my Aunt in a new town and go to a new school. As the new kid on the block I didn't have many friends but at least the school didn't force me to eat with a reading teacher, although I probably would have preferred it to avoid the awkward early weeks where you don't know where to sit in the cafeteria.
I was miserable. My life revolved around going to school and then coming home to play video games.
To add fuel to the fire, my english teacher assigned us a book report. But at least she was nice enough to let us choose our book. I chose the biography, His Excellency: George Washington, because I was kind of into history.
I was such a slow reader though that 10 minutes into reading I'd need a nap.
Slow readers get bored more easily because they are reading at less than 250 words per minute (wpm) while the human brain can think in thousands of words per minute.
How fast do you read?
When I finally finished His Excellency, I felt a huge wave of accomplishment. The sort of feeling I got after beating a video game, except better, because this was harder!
"The hard is what makes it great" - Tom Hanks
I then made a conscious choice, "I could be miserable and play video games or I could be miserable and read books so that someday I could be better situated for happiness."
At a time when I felt powerless, I believed strongly in the quote my teacher had on her wall,
"Knowledge is Power!"
To keep the ball rolling I read another book by the same author, Founding Brothers, one of the only books I read up until that point that wasn't required school reading.
I then read another book on the American Revolutionary Era and then another until I felt like I mastered the era. I then moved onto the next era in American history and then so on and so forth until 5 years later I finally got up to the modern era.
Find what topics interest you and then read about it!
I also got into reading books and blogs about self-improvement.
A study showed that reading self-improvement books was linked with lower levels of depression compared to patients who received typical treatments.
I also didn't have the greatest male role models in my life, but I overcame that with books.
"You're the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with" - Jim Rohn
I spent a lot of time with the likes of Abraham Lincoln or Theodore Roosevelt by reading about their life and thoughts, which helped put my goals and struggles into perspective.
If Abraham Lincoln could find hope in the midst of the bloodiest war in American history than I could do my math homework.
Reading also reduces stress, which is one reason why so many great men and women are such avid readers (Theodore Roosevelt would finish a book before breakfast).
Participants, in a British study, participated in an anxiety-provoking activity, and then either read, listened to music, went for a walk, or played video games. The stress levels of those who read dropped 67%, which was far more significant of a drop than the other groups.
Reading also slows cognitive decline, which is why Supreme Court Justices whose average age is 79 can stay so sharp on the bench.
According to a study from Rush University Medical Center, adults who spent downtime doing creative or intellectual activities (like reading) had a 32% drop in decline.
Don't forget you can use my site Live to Challenge to track your challenges. I think if you're trying to get started with the reading habit the best way to begin is to read a chapter a day for 30 days.
My #1 Most Popular Video. I updated the thumbnail, description, tags. I also added subtitles because this was back when I was filming on my iPhone with only one working speaker. Thank you all for the subscriptions and likes because it consistently inspires me to make more videos. Let me end with a quote that definitely rings true for starting my reading journey: "reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are." or of course as my doctor said: "The more you read the more things you know. The more that you learn the more places you'll go."
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