Welcome to this episode of Live Better with your host, Yasmin Shiraz. Today’s topic is a question really. It’s a question that I’ve heard many times. But, I want it answered for good. The question is:
Does Reading Make You Smarter?
And if so, how? Here are three questions for you.
- Have you ever met a person who seems to know everything?
- Have you ever known a person who has remedies for aches, pains, knows facts, figures about life that you had never even heard of?
- Have you ever met a person who seems to beat you to the punch in everything?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, then this podcast is for you. So, I’ve being doing research on all sorts of topics to bring to this podcast and I came across this topic. But, here’s where it gets personal for me. Last year I started doing an annual reading challenge on the website Goodreads. This is a site where people who love books talk about and meet about what they’re reading. Well, last year, I read over 100 books. Why did I read so many books? Well, I read them because I read somewhere that reading makes you smarter. Now, I know some people that don’t read books at all. And, I’m not judging you. But, this is, in fact, how reading makes you smarter.
- It teaches you things that you’d spend years learning if you had to do it on your own. Let me give you an example, I’ve read a lot of marketing books. Marketing yourself as an author, building your brand, how to market your podcast. You name it, I’ve read a lot of books. But, by reading these books, I am learning stuff that the authors themselves took months and even years to learn. If I read the book in an hour or even four, I’ve spent less time than the author did to get the same information. That is helping me to be SMARTER
- It broadens your perspective and knowledge which helps you to understand people, communities and even the world. I read the book, I am Malala by the youth activist who was shot by the Taliban. Her book helped me to understand how some cultures do not encourage or support education of women and children. Her book underscored how threatened some cultures are of women’s education. It gave me an appreciation for her fight to educate girls throughout the world. That is helping me to be SMARTER.
- Helps you to develop new habits and rid yourself of old ones which aren’t good for you. I’ve read a couple of books about de-cluttering and they have helped me to develop a clutter free lifestyle. Without reading those books, I may still be boggled down in clutter. In this sense, reading helped me to improve myself which also makes me smarter.
So this episode is to encourage all of us to read more because it’ll make us smarter and being smarter goes a long way in this life. Thanks for listening to this episode of Live Better with your host Yasmin Shiraz. I hope this episode helps someone. If you liked this episode please, leave a review on iTunes or Stitcher Radio. If you’d like to me address a specific topic on the show, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org And, if you’d like to learn more about my books, films, and YouTube videos, please visit yasminshiraz.net Peace & Love, See you next time.