How Reading Affects Our Personal Development #WorldBookDay


Book love
Love for reading

World Book Day – a day that celebrates reading, a day that always inspires me to renew my love for books and share it, a day that reminds me how meaningless life would be without books!

Reading has not only given me pleasure, added brilliance to my gloomy hours but has also enriched my life in various ways.

It has made me wiser, healthier, resilient and emotionally balanced. It helps me converse with the greatest thinkers and dreamers.

“The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of past centuries.” – Rene Descartes

Reading inspiring stories reassures me that inspiration could be found anywhere, even in the tears of detachment. Fictional characters too have the potential to enthuse new energy into us.

Redefines anguish:

Reading gives us the capacity to understand, to absorb and to figure out that anguish, loss, grief is a universal phenomenon. Getting stuck in our suffering can block our own growth.

When you equate your painful experiences with others, they seem trivial and you learn to deal with them. The connection becomes the healing factor.

Gives a fresh perspective:

Reading drags you out of your cocoon to watch the world with a fresh perspective, which develops when you are exposed to various views.

Pain, misfortune and emotional hurts are inevitable. It is futile to immerse ourselves in the setbacks of life because sooner or later we have to abandon this baggage to move ahead.

Takes us places:

Reading helps us escape the mundane events of life, it takes us to places, which we could have never visited; it defines our purpose of living; absorb the ideas that appeal to us and then analyze them.

The best moments of our life are created by reading; the best flights of imagination are crafted by the words of a writer who can create a scenario, which transports us into the realms of our choice and stay there frozen in time.

Realities of life come alive:

Stories of guilt, horror and forgiveness acquaint us with those realities of life, which could remain hidden from us. The atrocities of the past, the oppression and discrimination recorded in the annals of history unfold before us when we read.

Even those who choose light, romantic stories get a whiff of the truths of love and life and learn that freedom to live our life the way we want to, was not always possible and is still a far cry for many.Reading quote

Connections and social relationships get better:

The magical power of friendship and reverence, social interaction and kindness is revealed through reading fiction. We can learn some profound lessons of life from fictional characters.

Reading enhances our emotional quotient, our capability of understanding people, complex human behavior and their frailties. I didn’t know how forgiveness could free us from self-imprisonment till I read about it.

Virtues of life can be felt:

Have you noticed how a virtuous character leaves a lasting impression on your mind? Nobody likes a villain who is always conniving to make life difficult but we learn to distinguish between the good and the bad from his devious ways.

“Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.” – Joseph Addison

Develops analytical skills:

Reading poetry honed my aesthetic and analytical skills and has made me more sensitive towards the beauties around me. It also introduced me to the finer emotions of humanity.

Has reading affected your personality? I would love to hear your perspective.

Thank you for reading this. Please add your valuable reflections, they are much appreciated.

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Balroop Singh.



45 thoughts on “How Reading Affects Our Personal Development #WorldBookDay

  1. I often like to say, “reading saves lives” to sasy the right book saved me during a particular time in my life.They almost stand out better than the rest because I was so hungry for the escape or the words that it gave me. Wonderful tribute and I couldn’t agree more 🙂

    1. I agree with you Lani, the right book at the right time makes a difference in understanding our situation, soothes our emotions and helps us steer through turbulent times. Thanks for chiming in, much appreciated. Have a wonderful week.

  2. A world bereft of books would tantamount to one with famine upon minds, set to perish due lack of nourishment. That it is not so is borne out by millions of animated minds bouncing with healthy appetites and creative vigour, sustained by books and reading. John Milton put it eloquently in his Areopagitica when he stated, “A good book is the precious life-blood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life”. A gem of a feature yours is, Balroop, in celebration of world book day.

    1. ‘Famine upon minds’…I love that expression Raj. There is no doubt that without nourishment minds veer in undesirable directions, brooding on only the negative aspects. Blessed are those who are introduced to books in the lap of their mothers! Thanks for sharing that wonderful quote of Milton, really liked it. 🙂

  3. Happy World Book day, Balroop. What a lovely post and reflection on what reading can do to us. Agree that reading can help us in many ways, especially giving us a new perspective and taking us places. When we read, we have to visualise, use our imagination and see stories in our minds. Reading as certainly helped me see beyond what I know, beyond my culture and to be the writer whom I am today. Reading other writer’s work inspires me to be a bit more open with not only my perspective but with sharing my work too.

    Reading blogs has affected me a lot too in terms of connections. Never have I imagined I would be chatting with someone called Balroop! And a Balroop who has published many times 🙂

    1. Ha ha! You made me smile this morning Mabel! Thanks!
      Oh yes! Reading also helps us see beyond our cultures and connects us though we are miles apart, we know so much about each other. What a pleasure! Blogging has opened unimaginable avenues for us and many thanks for being such a wonderful friend 🙂 Stay blessed!

  4. Excellent list of the ways that books enrich our lives, Balroop. Reading has certainly impacted my life from who I am and what I think and feel about, to what I do. I think it’s an essential part of learning in our diverse world and can open doors to understanding ourselves and others. ❤

    1. True Diana, I am much different from what I was at 30 and my thoughts have evolved, enabling me to see more of the positive aspects of life. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your reflections on reading 🙂

  5. Reading has literally saved me. I did books as a child the way addicts do drugs. I needed them to hold onto something more than what my life held.

    I can’t imagine a life without books. Happy World Book Day, indeed. 😀

  6. Thanks for sharing your love for books Cathleen and welcome to Emotional Shadows. I am happy to connect with you. 🙂 I didn’t get much exposure to books when I was a child and read most of the fairy tales with my children. Now books are my lifeline, as important as food.

  7. Balroop, Happy World Book day! 😀 This is a beautiful testament to the power of books, their integral part of all our lives – personally I cannot imagine my days without something to read and often having a good book on the go has been my salvation…my joy…close friend even! A wonderful post and I just love the quote! A thousand lives and even more I’m sure! 😀 Happy Reading! ❤️

  8. I have always enjoyed reading books. In my opinion, books enrich persona immensely. It’s one of the best way to gain knowledge.

  9. Hopefully there will never be a world without books, though so many people these days prefer the movies. Reading has provided me insight into the world and into myself. More importantly it has freed my imagination.

    1. I have often found books based movies disappointing as the words, which evoke our own images are more satisfying. Reading gives us wings to be with all those characters who become a part of our imaginative world. Thanks for standing by and sharing your perspective, much appreciated.

  10. You’ve got it covered here Balroop. Who could even imagine a world without books from education to escapism? 🙂

  11. A world without books would be empty indeed.. Devoid of imagination, inspiration and motivation.. I could not live without books.. I have one forever on the go on my bedside table. If only for half an hour before sleep I have to read..
    I am thankful also that my love of Books has also passed onto our Granddaughter.. She delights in reading and reads well for her age at 6.. Books I would struggle with when I was 12.. Such is her skill for the written word..
    And I remember well when aged 12 how my English Teacher opened me up to a whole new world of Books.. Instead of text books and the classroom reads She opened her own private library to me.. Encouraging me read to help improve my way behind skills that they were at that time.. She is always fondly remembered .. For she opened the world of imagination, and inner vision that words on the page jump out into life.

    Loved your Post Balroop.. And I hope you had a wonderful World Book Day 🙂
    Blessings Sue

    1. You are absolutely right Sue, what would be this world without the books! Many thanks for endorsing the love for books. There was a time when I too had a book and a bunch of magazines by my bedside and I refused to go digital as I loved turning a page. Now with diminishing eyesight, I have discovered the value of Kindle, which keeps the right kind of light on the page and I don’t have to bend towards my nightstand!
      Though I was not introduced to books in childhood, I took a lesson from what was missing in my life and started reading to my children when they were in my lap and it has worked wonders. They are voracious readers now and I look at them with pride, patting my back in my heart that I gave them a life-time gift 🙂
      Thanks for sharing your lovely experiences with reading 🙂 Stay blessed and happy reading.

  12. Reading saved me in many ways, and I most have my sister Sharon for reading to me when I was little. So many studies have been done on how reading helps people be more emphatic, yet so much of reading instruction in schools too often focuses on the lower-level of Bloom’s Taxonomy.

  13. Nobody read to me when I was little but I started reading to my children when they were toddlers. Love for reading begins in the lap of mother, I believed in this fact and it paid off well. Parents who love reading unconsciously pass it on to the next generation.

  14. Reading has many benefits Balroop – it’s good for our mind and in our life – it makes us travel in time and in space. And can even help us dealing with some personnal issues.
    I could not live without books.
    I do read books to my little one and he loves books too. Before going to bed, it’s our special treat of the day Balroop.
    Stay well and happy reading!

    1. You are right Marie…books can be our best companions. I have never felt bored or alone when I have a book with me. I am glad you have introduced your son to books at the right time….No gift can ever replace this one – nurturing a reading habit in your children. You are an awesome mom. Stay blessed!

  15. I smiled all the way through this post, Balroop. Reading is one of my favorite hobbies. I love journeying in my mind to far-off places in books ❤

    1. Hi Christy…reading links us and I am glad you remember me despite your busy life. Thanks for the smiles, I could see them 🙂 Happy reading!

  16. Balroop, I love the Descartes quote. In a sense, we who write are able to achieve a small measure of immortality. What greater gift could we ask for? Thanks for reminding me of just how lucky I/we are . . . 🙂

    1. Thanks for the endorsement Mani, books are our lifelines, providing us the much needed solace from the heat of circumstances. 🙂

  17. I very rarely go a day without reading. I used to stick to a couple of genres tops, but I now read a wide variety of literature and I could not imagine life without it. Sometimes I feel that book characters are the only “people” that understand me. Fantastic blog.

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