Blog Post Editorial

How books can improve your life?

Inkish Kingdoms’ mission, vision, and objective are to spread the passion for reading. Reading for pleasure or finding valid reasons for reading is a struggle that more and more people are going through nowadays (“boys who say that they enjoy reading has declined from 70% in 1998 to 55% in 2003” according to Christina Clark and Kate Rumbold). Additionally, the boom of the internet and the invention of social media has had a clear impact on the world’s population. 

More and more people are moving into these video-entertaining channels and streaming services for enjoyment. For example, kids spend around 91 minutes per day watching TikTok globally, approximately 47 minutes on Disney+, 45 minutes on Netflix, and so on (TechCrunch). Other reports have said that only 17% of boys, by 2002, read during their dinner-time, play-time, or in the evening. 

So what are we doing to incentivize reading over video games and an infinite loop of silly dance videos and funny life events? Have we lost sight of the benefits of reading and how books can improve one’s life? By this, we refer to “self-help” books and reading and books in general. As literature graduates and avid readers, Inkish Kingdoms supports the idea that reading any text will teach the audience something. Reading from a “moral criticism” approach will help analyze different situations, actions, and events to identify the moral lessons and ethical teachings. Analyzing a text this way will give tools and examples to people on how to approach certain situations in life and, hopefully, make the right and best decision possible. 

Inkish Kingdoms understands and encourage people to read “self-help” or “self-development” to enhance personal strength and functioning. Those are affordable and available resources that can improve one’s life professionally and personally. People can relate to these texts since they are full of hope, testimonials, and encouragement. Seeing that something is doable or that feeling better is possible gives an additional push for people to move forward. Experts define this as positive psychology, the study of positive experiences and traits that facilitate their development. Multiple experts are diving into this scientific field to prove that reading and books can improve your life immeasurably. They agree that bibliotherapy is the new “El Dorado” of positive thinking, development, and even treatment for psychological disorders.

As a reader, you can approach bibliotherapy with four different purposes:

  1. Self-actualization therapy: you are looking to keep learning or update your career, resume, or skills. For example, Creativity, Inc by Ed Catmull and Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind by 99U are the perfect books to achieve your creative goals or to exploit your creativity.
  2. Strategy for attitudinal change: you need to improve something or change certain attitudes. Like your habits, I have been recommended the book Atomic Habits by James Clear.
  3. Self-concept improvement: there are certain aspects of your personal life or personal traits that you want to visit. For example, You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay is perfect for when people want to restructure their lives and find self-esteem and self-love.
  4. An instructional/didactic tool: recommendation of certain books by experts, professors, and counselors as tools to help the person in need. For example, I have attended a few workshops regarding Financial Health where the speaker explains how to make a budget, save money, pay debts faster, properly use your credit card, and invest. However, the speaker constantly recommends us to read The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
You Can Heal Yourself by Louise Hay Manage Your Day-to-Day by 99U Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull Atomic Habits by James Clear Total Money Make Over by Dave Ramsey

To undestand the example better, we have added borders to the table.

However, encouraging reading in kids, teenagers, and adults will have other benefits besides the ones that bibliotherapy covers. Reading for pleasure, for example, will help to:

  1. Improve reading attainment and writing ability. If we don’t do something often, we will forget about it.
  2. Improve grammar skills
  3. Improve reading comprehension skills. Skills we can apply to life events, people, and situations.
  4. Broaden the vocabulary, which will make you sound and be more intelligent.
  5. Develop abilities such as IQ or text-decoding
  6. Enhance self-confidence as a reader
  7. Enjoy reading later on in life.

A fundamental part of humanity goes around the written world and what we learn about them. Reading comprehension skills and education are at risk due to social media and the lack of reading comprehension skills. More people rely only on sensationalist titles on articles to make assumptions, cast a judgment, make an opinion, and even worst: vote. 

Do not rely on others to tell you the truth. Teach your children and yourself how to read, analyze, and make an informed decision, and if you need to help yourself or your children make healthy reading habits, maybe start with Atomic Habits to achieve your final reading goal.


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