The Book Made Me Do It and Other Acts as a Result of Reading

August 9, 2016 Book Talk 5

the book made me do it

 

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at The Broke & the Bookish.

Reading. Such an integral part of my life. Being an escape from reality to learning new innovative ideas reading has taken me places I never could have imagined. I love the recent article about those who read live longer. If that’s the case then I should live to be about 172 by this point! Instilling a love of reading is one of the best things my parents ever taught me.

In thinking about the prompt from The Broke and Bookish “Top Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them” several things quickly came to mind. Yes, these are the books that made me do it.

spark the revolutionary new science of exercise and the brain1. Exercise

I admit I’ve never been a fan of exercise. Then I read Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John J. Ratey. My biggest takeaway from reading that book is exercise helps your brain; is a great preventative to Alzheimer’s and dementia; and can even help with broken synapses. The major problem with multiple sclerosis has to do with synapses that don’t fire well due to scarring. If exercise will help heal my brain then I’m all down for that!

Reading The No More Excuses Diet helped me analyze and overcome the resistance I had to exercising.

As if those two books were not enough to get me moving Conquer Your Pain in 9 Steps stripped away my last bit of resistance. Now, my body informs me when I slack off the regimen I’ve created. Monday, Wednesday and Friday are walk days and Tuesday and Thursday are yoga days. Saturday and Sunday are rest days.

2. Do the Superwoman pose every morning

Presence by Amy Cuddy + her Ted Talk. Have you seen Amy Cuddy’s Ted Talk? or read Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges? Wow! It’s all about how our body language shapes who we are. I knew body language was a strong indicator to others, but did not realize how much it influences our own thoughts and feelings.

Ladies, when you are getting ready in the morning, do the powerful superwoman pose: hands on hips, legs a little more than hip distance apart, tall carriage and strong gaze. Hold that pose for 30 seconds and you’ll feel more powerful and portray a confident, strong woman. I swear this works. It’s crazy but invaluable!

Carrying over Amy Cuddy’s research on body language to Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear and Brene Brown’s Rising Strong is absolutely a perfect fit. Big Magic is about allowing our creativity to thrive, flourish and Rising Strong is Brene Brown’s follow up to Daring Greatly and The Gifts of Imperfection. It’s about being in the arena, falling down and rising back through the hurt and anger and terrible feelings. Rising stronger because of the hurt, because you’ve made it through to the other side.

100 days of real food3. Eat Healthy

After reading 100 Days of Real Food, following the blog and reading Slimmer: The New Mediterranean Way to Lose Weight,  I began to change my eating habits, incorporating more vegetables and fruit while eating less meat and cutting out most sugar. I’m not at 100% all healthy real foods, but I’m a whole heck of a lot closer than I was a year ago! Up until the past couple of years I wouldn’t eat a salad. “It’s green,” I would say and turn my nose up at the leaves 😉 Now, as much as possible, I try to buy local, whole foods and yes, even the makings of a salad!

4. Research the Hindenburg crash and the disappearance of a judge with mob connections

It’s not all non-fiction books that have had me doing more after reading. For example, when I read Ariel Lawhon’s The Wife, the Maid and the Mistress based on the disappearance of Justice Joseph Crater in 1930, I was researching like crazy trying to find out more. Same thing with Flight of Dreams. I looked up everything possible on the Hindenburg even while reading Flight of Dreams!

5. Visit an Elephant Sanctuary

Another fiction novel, Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult, had me researching elephant sanctuaries all over the south. I’ve picked the one I want to visit and hope to make it there soon….I’ve also donated to the nonprofit. Even thinking about the elephants in the book over two years later and I’m still ‘awww, I want to learn more. Do more.’

6. Learn the art of mosaics

This book slayed me. It’s been 4 years since I read it, and I still feel all the feels. In Broken for You by Stephanie Kallos, the main character, Wanda, almost accidentally, begins to make mosaics as she puts her life back together. I could very much relate to Wanda and have found making art through the broken pieces creates something even more beautiful.

it's never too late to begin again7. Write/journal

Ok, this one is a given. Writing has always been a dream of mine. Writing this blog for the past 7 years has been a godsend. Learning more about the art of writing through books like It’s Never too Late to Begin Again, The Artist’s Way, DIY MFA, and Writing the Memoir: From Truth to Art has been a natural progression thanks to the blog. Writing is therapeutic and a way {for me} to get at the heart of the matter. I can express my feelings in writing oh so much better than I can face-to-face.  I’m beyond thankful for this blog and especially for you, dearest reader. You’re visits here, comments and encouragements through the various social media sites brings me joy beyond belief. Thank you.

Now that’s a wrap. There’s probably many more books that have made me commit some act or another. I’ll save those for another day!

I would love to know if there’s a book that has made you do something or want to do something or even followed up with more research on a subject? This is such a fascinating topic to me. Please Do Share!

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5 Responses to “The Book Made Me Do It and Other Acts as a Result of Reading”

  1. Katherine Jones

    Ha! Yes, I can relate. I also had to look up the Hindenburg after reading Ariel’s book (which I loved). But the most recent book that took me by surprise was Last Ride to Graceland. I thought I didn’t have a spec of interest in either Graceland or Elvis. But after reading the book, I found myself Googling the King. Love it when a book has that effect! Great post. 🙂
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