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How does reading change your life?

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.

George R. R. Martin

Reading has a significant number of benefits. According to Big Think, reading rewires your brain for higher intelligence and empathy. In addition, when you read every day you also gain valuable knowledge and improve your focus and memory.

But it’s not all about science, right? Let’s be a little bit romantic…

One of the things we love most about reading is that you can enter new worlds. If you like novels, for example, those stories represent discoveries: You can ride a horse in the middle of a mountain and encounter some orcs, or find the love of your life and travel to the end of the world. If you like philosophy, you can be one of Socrates’ disciples and walk through Greece while learning (and arguing, of course). 

In MBI Talent Group we love (looove!) books. In this article, you’ll find recommendations and deep thoughts on reading, brought by Luana Coutinho (Talent Consultant) and Julián Flores Heredia (Finance and Administration Consultant).

Luana

When did you start reading as a hobbie?
I have read books since I can remember so I don’t know when exactly but I guess when I was 12 years old I made a habit out of it.

One of the most obvious benefits of reading is learning. What did you learn over the years?  I learned that you can travel through time and space just by reading a book, besides feeling like someone else understands your struggles just by the way they write and recently I discovered how to look positively at bad feelings like anger, fear and sadness. 

Which are your thoughts on stress and tension relief? I think that stress is a very common issue nowadays and people who feel stressed should find a hobby to relieve the tension. For me, it’s going to the gym or running and also writing.

Favourite book and why? My favourite book is Dear John, by Nicholas Sparks

Please recommend 3 books. 

1) Dear John
2) O lado bom do lado ruim
3) Meu pé de laranja lima 

Julián

When did you start reading as a hobby? For as long as I can remember but probably around 5-6 years old.

One of the most obvious benefits of reading is learning. What did you learn over the years?  Due to the variety of books I’ve consumed over time I can’t pinpoint one specific thing I’ve learned but definitely a shared experience with all of them was an increase in knowledge about language and writing styles and how to use them to communicate your ideas effectively, regardless of the content itself. 

Which are your thoughts on stress and tension relief? Modern life requires a lot of effort which oftentimes can be stress-inducing and in reading you may find not only the information you need to tackle those problems but also reading itself can be a therapeutic activity when done in a calm environment.

Favourite book and why? If I had to choose, Plato’s Republic would be a must for all. It is a life changing read due to the questions it ponders about the human condition and western society in the dialogue between the characters and the ideas it challenges make us evaluate our set of values and look up to higher goals

Please recommend 3 books.  Plato’s Republic, Mere Christianity by C.S Lewis and for a novel, Madman’s Tale by John Katzenbach. 

Do you enjoy reading as well? Comment below! 

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