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THE BENEFITS OF READING MORE

THE BENEFITS OF READING MORE

We love the internet. After all, how else could we make it so easy to Hussle in your busy life?

However. We love books too. If you only ever read websites, you are missing out. Big time.

READING IS EDUCATIONAL

A readable non-fiction book is a real find. It will pull you in, teach you about its subject, answer your questions and make you think.  Fiction can do the same. A historical setting will help you understand the period concerned. A story set in a place you want to visit (or have visited) will tell you more about that place. Even decent hard science fiction will educate you. Think of the debates about the accuracy of ‘The Martian’!

READING REDUCES STRESS

‘One thing at a time’ is a classic mantra for lowering stress levels. Diving into a good book means exactly that. A gripping story really does pull you in. A good page-turner will take you away from every day life in the quest for ‘what happens next?’ Reading means focus, which has the same benefits as meditation.

READING IMPROVES YOUR BRAIN

Muscles need to be used to keep strong, and the same goes for your brain.  Reading needs memory to keep track of plot and characters. You’ll gain a bigger vocabulary and more understanding of other places and times. ‘Well-read’ is a compliment for a good reason.

Reading can be free. Get to your local library and help yourself to a pile of books. Or sign up to their e-library service. Download to your e-reader and you’ve got weeks of reading in the palm of your hand. With no blue light, an e-reader or a good old fashioned printed book are great ways to drift off to sleep. Get lost in a book and broaden your mind.

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Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.

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