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What reading does to the mind!

readingaBy Ardain Isma

CSMS Magazine

I’m always in the hunt for what could help me maintain a vibrant state of mind. I know exercising is one of the secret weapons. I also know eating healthy is another important factor. However, few people seem to realize that reading or writing is one of the biggest therapies for the mind. It is recommended that you read or write constantly. Experts agree that the more someone academically challenges his brain, the healthier it becomes. With that, the possibility to live a productive life is awesomely there.

No one knows for sure if a functional mind guarantees a centennial life. Someone may have lived one hundred years, but it doesn’t mean he had a rosy life. A good life is measured by the level of happiness in someone’s daily living, and reading or writing can certainly provide that. On top of that, reading doesn’t only empower your physical state of mind; it strengthens your intellectual ability.

I always encourage my friends to read for I know what it does for me. Outside my professional obligations, reading and writing play a major role in my life. Creative writing is one of my biggest hobbies, and I’m sure most of you, by now, understand this.

I wouldn’t want anyone to think this is all I do in order to bring joy to my life. Music—all genres—is also strategically important to me. Working in the yard—trimming, planting, and watering—is something vital to me. Overall, whatever makes your life happy, you should pursue it. After all, a productive life is far more interesting than a life crippled by fear, depression and procrastination—no matter how long that life may be. So, read, read and read. And remember, read what pleases you—a novel, a biography, an interesting article etc…

Note: Dr. Ardain Isma is novelist and teaches Cross-cultural Studies at the University of North Florida. He is the chief editor for CSMS Magazine. He may be reached atpublisher@csmsmagazine.org.

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