Why Reading Should Be Your Ultimate Pastime

Why Reading Should Be Your Ultimate Pastime

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The more you learn, the more you earn.

It’s the ultimate secret weapon of the elite and a personal favorite leisure activity of The Modern Alice. When you pick up a book (or a Kindle, iPad, or even a Nook) you stimulate your mind. You gain knowledge every single time your eyes scan pages of white parchment or digital canvases filled with text. You process the words that are being formed for ideas formulated and concepts depicted by different authors that provide fresh perspectives on various subjects. Fiction or non-fiction, the information retained triggers certain neurological regions in your brain that increases your knowledge thus making you a subject matter expert on certain things. As the Oracle of Nebraska, Warren Buffet, once said, “I just sit in my office and read all day.”

But why?

Why would you rather be cooped up all day, eyes glued to a book instead of enjoying other activities?


Reading makes you smarter!!!

The more books you add to your memory bank, the more exercise your brain receives. The positive repercussions that stem from this pastime are vast including increased intellectual wisdom, higher vocabulary, and improved concentration and memory. Reading after all expands your mind by being exposed to foreign information that can be useful in tackling an obstacle or taking a different approach to a project or even a personal decision. Sometimes, however, the information you learn from reading is already familiar, but even so the reiteration can still be of significant value.

Increased Intellectual Wisdom

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that reading makes you smarter. However, it does take a tenacious individual to really devote time to expanding their knowledge with books that offer substance. It’s not enough to just pick up a random book (although that is still a start), but committing to reading a book such as Robert Greene’s 48 Laws of Power or Liaquat Ahmend’s Lord of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World will open up your mind and help you learn about things you never knew about. Education not only stems from non-fiction but novels as well. Fairytale retellings (a personal favorite) such as Naomi Novik’s revered Uprooted or others that are more worldly fictional novels like Kevin Kwan’s notorious Crazy Rich Asians helps enhance your imagination. Accumulating the amount of knowledge attained from reading several genres of books will truly increase your intellectual wisdom. As stated on The Week, “When asked how to get smarter, Buffett once held up stacks of paper and said, ‘read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge builds up, like compound interest.” Because of the large amount of information you have accumulated over the years through reading, you are able to form coherent thoughts and creative solutions when faced with a dilemma. Not only that, but be able to confidently provide solid and credible supporting evidence whenever you are presenting an idea or defending a stance in an argument.

Higher Vocabulary

The more books you read, the higher your word count per minute becomes along with a larger arsenal of vocabulary words. You graduate from the typical 8th grade reading level that most online publications adhere to, (not an offending statement but rather a strategic move from them as they strive to reach a larger more diverse audience) to a more advanced post graduate/literature vocabulary usage. The more you get exposed to foreign words, the more you are able to add them to your word bank and use in your everyday conversations. Having an expanded vocabulary (used in the correct manner of course) is a reputable trait as it projects intellect and confidence. Although it may seem superficial, when you think about it, you tend to respect or at least hold someone in higher regard who sounds more educated than those who are not. As acceptable as slang or colloquial jargon is in a casual environment, when in a professional setting–especially when speaking to clients and investors–it’s always more appealing when you use more “academic” adjectives when delineating a product or business service. Just imagine if you were an employer evaluating two prospect employees, one who tends to speak in uneducated sentences using informal words and another who uses words like “The utilization of social media is ubiquitous and a necessary marketing platform to propel your brand.” It’s not incorrect to use informal words by any chance, but the fluidity of the latter example just sounds better. Now you don’t want to inundate with too much “$100” words but definitely use them appropriately in just the right dosage.

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Improved Concentration and Memory

Believe it or not, reading can help you with your focus and your memory. As indicated in OEDb, story structures affect the brain’s plasticity which in turn expands a reader’s attention span. Because stories or textbooks have so much information, it helps the brain to continually recognize and preserve the material that is being presented to the reader. Repetitively doing this on a continuous basis helps the brain keep information better. As they say, redundancy is an effective learning tool that is best used for memorization. This highly recommended pastime also affects the brain’s structure and growth. Reading stimulates the mind and according to Stanford University, “researchers have found that close literary reading in particular gives your brain a workout in multiple complex cognitive functions, while pleasure reading increases blood flow to different areas of the brain.” This is especially important when building concentration and memory improvement.


Here at The Modern Alice, we strive to provide information that can be useful to you both on a personal and professional level (and also to expand your vocabulary because we are word fiends). We want our readers, which is you, to feel as if you gained something from reading any of our articles. Be that fashion, lifestyle, business, or relationships. We also want to make sure that we challenge the way you think and provoke how you see mundane things in life. That’s how we believe you can grow intellectually.

Don’t forget to check out our BOOKS page to see our collection of books that inspired a lot of the writing that is posted here on #TMA

All the blog posts at #TMA are filled with knowledge from books we were influenced by. This is one of the deriving factors in The Modern Alice’s inception. We wanted to share what we learned through our point of views and unique voice. Books are discounted ways to earn your education. The more books you read, the more information you learn, and the more you gain the upper hand in any situation.

Reading is your gateway to independence and wealth. Physical riches may be taken from you, but your knowledge and wisdom cannot. This is exactly why reading should be your ultimate pastime.

It’s the secret weapon of some of the most powerful and successful people in the world. 



Why Reading Should Be Your Ultimate Pastime
Why Reading Should Be Your Ultimate Pastime


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