self-improvement books and how to get the most of them

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Table of Content

  • Introduction
  • How can you get the most of self-improvement books?
  • The benefits of reading.
    • 1.Reading is good for your brain
    • 2.Reading is a stress relief
    • 3.Reading improves memory
  • 5 tips to get the most of self-improvement books
    • 1.Take notes
    • 2.Apply as you read
    • 3.Be aware of the self-help books hell
    • 4.E-books and audio books
    • 5.Discuss what you’ve read with a friend.
  • Conclusion.

Introduction

Ever since we were young, getting good grades or getting along with kids was at the top of our priorities, but that didn’t stay there for long, because we noticed that self-improvement, self-growth, or self-help. No matter what the name is, has the same importance if not even more.

But the problem isn’t that some of us didn’t know the importance of personal development till we were much older, but it is the fact that we thought that self-improvement is temporary, and that made our self-growth progress linear rather than exponential or gradual, in simple words self-improvement is a journey, not a destination.

You are probably now asking, how can someone self-improve? or how can you learn to be better? to give you a short answer, you can approach self-help like you approach any scientific subject at school, in which you start by reading a textbox then you start applying those rules to whatever the subject is about. And that is exactly what we are trying to help you do in this post, in which we’ll talk about just one of many ways to start your self-improvement journey, and that through personal development books.

how can you get the most of reading self-improvement books ?. we’ll try to answer the previous question in the following sections

How can you get the most of self-improvement books?

Before we dive deep into the sea of self-help books, we must first talk about the importance of reading in general. Because contrary to our experience with reading for academics pursuits, and how it is difficult and boring, reading for your own learning and pleasure is much fun and more fulfilling.

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You’ll be amazed by the benefits of reading, not just from a knowledge perspective but also from a neural one. We’ll discuss a few and feel free to look up more.

3 The benefits of reading.

  • 1.Reading is good for your brain.

While training 5 days a week keeps you in a good shape, and also gives your muscles the strength you won’t have otherwise. The same goes for reading and brain sharpening, while you read and try to grasp and understand the book’s material (i.e self-improvement books ), the part of your brain that is responsible for your critical thinking is stretching to understand the new concepts you are about to feed it.

This also is applicable for fiction books as well, although the part which is being sharpened is not the same. but reading fiction books helps strengthen the brain’s connectivity and more. For more on the subject of reading fiction and the brain, take a look at this article.

What Reading Fiction Does to Your Brain

  • 2.Reading is a stress relief

You might read this title and find it strange, but we can tell you from experience that reading helps relieve stress. Some studies show reading has a good impact on blood and muscle tensions.

The study conducted by the University of Sussex found that reading is one of the most beneficial ways of reducing stress.

It found that reading is more effective than drinking a cup of tea, playing video games, and listening to music when it comes to alleviating stress.

Reading was found to slow down the heart rate and even relax muscles. These physical reactions make reading similar to meditation, which is well known to reduce stress.

more on the subject through the link bellow.

How Reading Reduces Stress: Read For Stress Relief - Self Development Secrets

  • 3.Reading improves memory

As we mentioned earlier reading trains your brain by improving memory functions, which in return enhances your focus.

As you read more books, your focus is improved so you can understand what you are reading, the focus required to understand fiction books is not the same as the focus required to understand personal development books.

For more details on the subject visit NCU’s blog

5 tips to get the most of self-improvement books

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Some of the following tips are not limited to just self-help books, but also to reading in general.

  1. Take notes

Whether you prefer digital notes taking or pen and paper, noting is the way to keep what you read accessible for your brain when you need it, and also when you write something down the brain remembers it for a longer period. not like passive reading in which we read with the expectation that our brain will do all the work to recall that information when we need it without writing it down

  1. Apply as you read.

There nothing that kills self-improvement than reading just for the sake of reading, because of the nature of personal development books, they tend to have a scientific style, which means that just taking the theoretical aspect of the book won’t help you make a progress, and that is the reason you are reading this kind of material in the first place.

  1. Be aware of the self-help books hell.

    While reading self-growth books is a necessary thing, reading more than one book at a time is not a good idea. Because the nature of what you read is intense and takes a lot of time and patient to make it into a habit.

And also there is a thing called self-hell, in which the person starts to consume self-improvement books or materials without applying, and the danger is in the fact that he thinks that by reading that much he is actually building all those habits at once, and that is wrong.

which why it is recommended to start small and focus on building the habits instead of consuming too much information.

  1. E-books and audio books.

Reading hardcover books has its own charm, but it’s better to mix your reading in the paper version of personal development books with some sort of time-saving way of reading.

Ebooks are a good place to start because they are more practical to carry in your smartphone or tablet, and whenever you find some free time in your hand, pop up your e-reader and continue your reading progress from there.

Also Audio books are more time saving than eBooks, but they require more focus from your part.

  1. Discuss what you’ve read with a friend.

there is nothing more important when it comes to getting a deeper understanding of what you are about to learn, than sharing those concepts with someone and get their opinion. It makes the concepts sink deeply in your brain, and that makes turning those concepts into habits much easier.

Conclusion

Becoming a better person today than you were yesterday is the best feeling someone can have, And making this feeling frequent is a wholesome thing to have. But if you think that it’s an easy process you are wrong, and there is nothing wrong with that, we all have thought the same. And we can guarantee you that once you start noticing your hard work pays off, you or people won’t be able to stop you.