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The importance of reading

Today we are going to discuss the importance of reading. Reading has been in our lives since the middle ages but it faded away in the begining of this century. Mainly under teenagers it isn't popular anymore. Therefore I wanted you to show the importance of reading. Because a lot of people don't see the use in books nowadays. So let's get started,
Reading has a lot of benefits to the mind. The first benefit is that the mind needs the practice of reading to sense the words it sees. It develops the ability to connect the words to images in the head. So how more you read how faster and better you will read. And it will give you a bigger arsenal of vocabulary. Further reading create the ability to focus better and really listen to people in general. Because you train your brain to concentrate on one thing at a time. It also improves your memory because when we read, we are using our memory muscle. Joseph ones used a great metaphor, which explains it all;
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How to Read (a Lot) More Books

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."  -  Dr. Seuss

In the past six months I have read more than in all my other years. My lifestyle changed with it. I am glad I did. I want you to help to read more. Not by one or two books a year but by ten or more. It is not as hard to read thirty books a year as you might think. Although, you will have to start with smaller goals to make a book more enjoyable.

1. Read two books at the same time
Most people read one book at a time. Although, it can be very handy. I do prefer read two books nowadays. Because in some moods you are likely to want to read a novel and other times when you are more concentrated you will be reading a non-fiction. So, try to read two different types of books at the same time.

2. Give audiobooks a try
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How to Love Yourself

A lot of people are struggling with a low self esteem, myself included. I still struggle with it. Maybe you recognize yourself in this; I don’t look that good, I have some flaws or I can’t do this huge project I want to do. Maybe you don’t look after yourself while you look after everyone else.
My views lately, have changed on loving yourself and I increased my self confidence with some exercises. But also by reading about this subject. there is not a lot concrete studies done on this subject. So, you have got to find your own way in this (and maybe do some research yourself). Although, in this article I will give you a start with some exercise and some wise words.

The mirror exercise
Firstly, a exercise that helps a lot when you feel down about yourself. It will give, at least in my opinion, a feeling that you are worth it. Get towards a mirror up close to your face. Really look towards your skin. Take yourself in. And then, say out loud; ‘I love and accept exactly how you are’. Twen…

Recontextualization; a change in framing

One day, about two or three years ago, my little brother stole my bar of chocolate. I was mad and lost my respect towards him. Later on that day I asked ‘Why did you steal my bar of chocolate?”. He said “Because it is mine”. I said “No it isn’t”. “Yes it is” he kept saying. Then my mom came in the room and asked why I didn’t eat my chocolate bar. My perspective changed; I couldn’t find my bar and I said that he stole it, which he didn’t. My facts didn’t changed but the way I looked at it did. This is called recontextualization.

The importance of Recontextualization

When we get the inside in this phenomena we learn how we can change or perspectives. It also opens up the possibility of radically changing your understanding of a situation or facts without changing the facts. In my opinion, reality can hide the things that are in our reach. It helps us to put the right things in the proper context. Another example, ‘a man is jumping’. Think for a second about what you are picturing before …

How Music Affects your Brain

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Psychological evolution; the way people work

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Specialize your knowledge

I am back again with another post. In this post I will describe why and how you can specialize your knowledge. Most people, are mistaken by learning in several topics, in my opinion. We were taught on school to think wide on what you want to do. And we get all those subjects, about twelve on my high-school. In that order, we get used to think that having a general knowledge is what we need. But is the opposite what makes you rich and smart.

Why? Having a specialize knowledge, in one topic is more demand for. It shows the employer that you have build up a good self-discipline. Moreover, nowadays character counts more than a long CV list. If you have a subject where your passion lies, why not specialize in it? It will only be beneficial to you ;)

How? There are multiple good resources to gain knowledge about your topic;
Your own experience and studiesUniversities Public libraries and the InternetSpecial courses (part time or online)
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Wake up early

A year ago I woke up at 7.30 am everyday. Just doing the essential things. Such as eat breakfast (which isn’t really essential), brush my teeth and watch a youtube video. After that I got on my bike and cycled to school. And for the rest of the day I was tired. My life took me over. I wasn’t in control. Around 6 months I changed it all. A point of my life, I probably never am going to forget. I changed my clock which was set on 7.30 am to 7.00 am. And after that from 7.00 am to 6.30 am. And around a month I set the clock to 6.00 am. This decision is powerful. And I am going to explain why you should make this choice too.

1. More time to set goals for the day

Firstly, the first benefit is that when you wake up, for example, at 6 am you have all the time to plan your day or make a to-do-list or to do whatever you want to do to plan your day. And when you have done that you have spend 1% of your day to make the other 99% useful. So, you become a more efficient planner.

2. More time to eat …