Bookish Thought: How Reading’s Benefits Impact Your Career (Plus a Reading List)

It’s no secret that reading in general is beneficial in various ways: from deep reading to reading literary fiction and beyond. At the end of the day, no matter what genre, reading is great for social skills, developing empathy and new perspectives, and more.

As I just finished my performance year at work, where my job/ career is at and where it could go is on my mind frequently. Naturally, being an avid reader, I am curious how reading can benefit me in this particular part of my life as well.

The Benefits

No surprise that there are quite a few benefits.

Reading various articles from online sources show that many of the benefits we generally get from reading is what also helps readers in their careers.

As I mentioned above, one benefit that popped up a lot was developing empathy and new perspectives. When you read, you are reading about people in different situations with different obstacles than you; reading helps you walk in their shoes, which can be applied to real life.

Another benefit that I already knew is that reading helps you sleep better. I always try to read a little before I go to bed; for me, it helps calm my mind and thoughts down for the night. I just have to make sure that I don’t get sucked in and go to bed several hours later.

Related, I think, to better sleep is the benefit of lower stress levels. I’m not sure if I ever experienced this, but I can definitely see how diving into a book is helpful to lowering stress.

And there is of course better communication skills, verbally and non-verbally and better vocabulary.

The Reading List

I’ve read a few ‘self-help’ books, have many on my TBR list, and currently own a few unread ones. This list will have all of those here.

The Books I Own and Need to Read

The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure by Caroline Paul

I remember ordering this just after I finished reading a different female travel memoir. Rereading the blurb on this one, though, makes me think that I might take more from this one. Gaining confidence to step outside my comfort zone is something I’m constantly trying to gain more of.

Before Happiness: How Creating a Positive Reality First Amplifies Your Levels of Happiness and Success by Shawn Achor

I read Achor’s other Happiness book. A couple years ago it was a big focus in my life: finding more happiness, less anxiety, etc. My friend gifted his two books to me. It’s been awhile since I’ve read The Happiness Advantage and I read that one first because it was published first (I think). This one will be a good read I think.

Your Pace or Mine?: What Running Taught Me About Life, Laughter and Coming Last by Lisa Jackson

I used to be a constant runner until after my last half marathon ended, I wanted a break, which lead to my habit breaking. Sadly. I’m always interested to read about unique views, especially when it comes to life. Running, I think, brings a lot of learning opportunities about yourself.

Better than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin

I seriously need to read this! I am terrible at creating and sticking to habits. Doing that will improve my life immensely I think.

The Books On My TBR

The Right-and Wrong-Stuff: How Brilliant Careers Are Made and Unmade by Carter Cast

I honestly don’t remember adding this one. However, it sounds really interesting and while there are some mixed reviews, I love researching things and getting more than one point of view is essential to that. Reading this would just get me one more POV.

The Myth of the Nice Girl: Achieving a Career You Love Without Becoming a Person You Hate by Fran Hauser

This one I’m really curious about because I always fear that I lean heavily at being too ‘nice’. Obviously I don’t want to be not nice and that’s why this title caught my eye.

Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time by Brigid Schulte

Life outside of work is just as important and it seems that time is slipping by way too fast. Hopefully this book can give some insight.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

This book has been on my radar for years now and I know that it’s a popular book. I hope to get around to it, but I also might just watch her Ted Talk.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson

Mark Manson has been on my radar for a couple years now. I’ve enjoyed some of the articles he’s written – mostly posted on his blog. I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews for this book. Some loved it and some hated it. I’m willing to give this one a chance as I’ve enjoyed his writing in the past.

You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

This is another recognizable title. This one also has a lot of mixed reviews, but I’m still curious.

What are some of your favorite non-fiction/ ‘self help’ books? What book do you always recommend?


Related Posts and Articles:

My Benefits of Deep Reading Post; Benefits of Reading Beyond Literary Fiction parts One and Two

LifeHacks’ 10 Benefits of Reading: Why You Should Read Every Day by Catherine Winter

Business News Daily’s Read a Book! It’s Good for Your Career by Sammi Caramela

Bustle’s 11 Ways Being A Reader Is Super Useful For Your Career by Charlotte Ahlin

The Muse’s 5 Science-Backed Reasons Why Readers Do Better in Their Careers by Jesse Wisnewski

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