Both fiction and non-fiction are beneficial for us. Fictional stories can give our mind a break from stress and worry and non-fiction can help us improve our lives or understand things better. The chances are that if you are looking for affirmations to help you want to read more, you know how beneficial reading is. You just need to drive home the importance of reading into your mind so that reading becomes a must and not a maybe. These affirmations can help you do that.
Use These Affirmations To Convince Yourself That Reading Is An Important Habit
1. Reading Makes Me A Better Conversationalist
The more your read, the more you know. The more you know, the more you can engage in conversation with anyone, regardless of who they are and what they are interested in.
Being able to have a good conversation with someone will benefit your social and professional life in a big way.
If you are looking for a partner in life, a good conversation can make or break how someone feels about you on the first date.
If you want to increase your income, being able to have a conversation with your boss or someone you want to work with will help you do that.
You can motivate people to help you, help people understand how to improve themselves and make positive changes in the world, all by being a better conversationalist.
In short, holding your own in conversations is important, and reading is your ticket to better conversations.
2. Reading Increases My Empathy And Compassion
When you read, you can take a peek into anyone’s life that you want. This means you get a glimpse into someone’s beliefs, thoughts, and behavior. You develop empathy and compassion as you learn about other people and how they view and navigate life in a way that you may not be familiar with.
In fact, I would suggest that if you find yourself questioning someone and their lifestyle or behavior, find a book that helps you understand them better so that you can gain insight into why they think what they think and do what they do. This can help you to accept them for who they are, as well as move past any anger, confusion, or hurt that you may have.
3. I Will Live A Longer And Healthier Life If I Read Daily
This isn’t just wishful thinking. One study found that reading can extend your lifespan by up to 2 years. It may not sound like a lot, but having an extra 730 days to spend with loved ones and do things you love is priceless.
Moreover, reading can have a positive impact on the decline of memory and the development of Alzheimer’s. This means that you can live your life more fully in those extra days that you’ve added to it.
And the more you read, the more awareness you have around what it means to live a healthy life. That awareness will help you do more good things for your mind and body, which will result in a longer, healthier life.
4. Reading Improves My Vocabulary
Sometimes I say words that I didn’t even know I knew, and they fit into the conversation perfectly. I accredit this to reading.
Reading improves your vocabulary. That’s just a fact.
Try having a conversation with someone who doesn’t read and then have a conversation with someone who does, and you will notice the difference in vocabulary. The reader will be able to find words to convey what they mean with more ease. Moreover, they will use bigger and more descriptive words than the non-reader.
If you want to sound intelligent and never be at a loss for words, it’s important to read a wide variety of books.
5. Reading Helps Me Think Outside The Box
If you want to be more creative, reading can help you. The wealth of information you obtain from reading can help you come up with solutions to problems that you may not otherwise have been able to come up with.
This is going to improve your professional, personal, and social life. You will be able to see alternative plans and path, and come up with ideas that help you and others get unstuck.
6. Reading Helps Me Become An Expert On A Subject
Want to be viewed as an expert on a subject? Read!
If you want to be an expert in your field of work, read!
If you want to be an expert in your hobby, read!
If you want to be able to effectively debate someone on a subject you are passionate about, read!
Reading helps you acquire knowledge from all angles and gives you an overview of a subject that other people don’t have.
There’s a belief out there that if you read just three books on a subject you already know more than 95% of other people. So, reading even just a little can make you look like an expert in other people’s eyes.
7. Reading Is A Stress-Reducing Tool That I Love
A lot of times we don’t want to read when we are feeling stressed, but this affirmation is going to help you to want to pick up a book when you are feeling tense or upset.
Reading a good book, especially a fiction book, can help you escape life and reduce stress. In fact, a study done a while ago found that reading for six minutes can help to lower your stress levels by up to 68%! source
Watching a movie can do this too, but many times reading engages your focus and imagination in a way that a movie can’t so that you can truly escape your surroundings and your thoughts for a while and give yourself a break.
This is why you should read a paperback book instead of watching TV before bed. It allows you to turn off the screens and engage in an activity that will help your mind relax and wind down for a better night’s sleep.
Affirm To Yourself The Importance Of Reading And You Will Read More
When you believe that reading is doing you more favors than not reading, you will read more. However, it’s important to make it a habit too. That will really strengthen your desire to sit down a read.
I suggest you take a reading challenge to help implement that habit!