Whether you’re an avid reader or someone who has been so busy with day-to-day life that you have very little time to sit down and read, there are many o ownbenefits ting your own personal library. The FCFVA Knowledgebase (blog) in particular focuses on spreading awareness of the benefits of personal libraries and informing readers about the steps they can take to create their own library. Wouldn’t it be fun to use your new rolling library ladder to find your next great novel? Here are six reasons why having your own library can be great for you and your life in general.
1) Keep Your Mind Sharp
One of my favorite quotes is, “Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else.” Books are a great escape. Many great works are boring, slow to read, or hard to understand. However, there’s one thing that will never be an issue with books—they keep your mind sharp. A quick perusal through any self-help section will tell you that learning new things (or old things for that matter) can improve memory retention, focus, and overall mental capabilities.
Keeping up with reading material keeps your mind sharp like anything else; it might not look pretty on paper but if you’re dedicated to keeping your personal library stocked with useful information, you’ll undoubtedly benefit from doing so in the long run.
2) Learn Something New
It’s hard to stay motivated when you don’t have something positive in your life. Because reading is one of my greatest passions, I always try to make time for it by visiting my local library or one near me if I’m traveling. It allows me to learn new things while challenging myself mentally. This helps keep stress levels low. Not only that, but books also allow me to explore different perspectives and philosophies on life through stories written by real people—whether they are fiction or non-fiction, it doesn’t matter. The most important thing is that I’m able to escape into someone else’s world with their words. These are all reasons why I love personal libraries so much.
3) Never Run Out of Things to Read
One of my favorite things about owning a personal library is that I’ve never had to run out and buy something new to read. My books are all on hand, organized in ways that make sense to me. It’s one less thing I have to worry about at home where space can be limited. No more deciding between what title to keep and what title has got to go. Instead, I think back over everything I’ve read recently and then pick out my next book with ease; having fewer titles makes for fewer decisions each time you need something new! You also never have to look around for your reading material.
4) Have Fun Reading Anywhere Anytime
The more you read, the better your general knowledge will be. When you feel confident about topics, speaking with others becomes easier and interactions become more pleasant. Readers also tend to have a much higher self-esteem than non-readers, and studies even show that readers tend to take more risks than non-readers. No matter how tumultuous your life may seem at times, staying focused on books can give you greater confidence and help you take steps forward into tomorrow’s world.
5) Have Something Handy When You Need Inspiration or Support
When life feels like it’s caving in around you, having something to read by your side can be invaluable. Whether it’s something spiritual or non-fiction or even light fiction, reading good books is always better than not reading anything at all. I used to think that reading self-help books was silly—until I went through some very hard times. Now that I look back on those dark days, my biggest regret isn’t that I was unhappy for a time; my biggest regret is that I didn’t have books with me when things got difficult. That’s why I keep an FCFVA approved book close by—it helps remind me to stay positive no matter what challenges come my way.
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