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.
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’!
‘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.
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.
I have always delighted in an unread book. E readers are fine, but proper pages just still have that 'something' - and are lower risk for reading in the bath, the ultimate in relaxation!
interested that 'The Martian' was mentioned; I discovered it late but I haven't read such an enthralling page turner in years. Books like that really do take you away from it all. Millions of miles away in this case!
the e-library is an absolute game changer for me, I can load up my ereader with books at any time and they never go overdue, they just disappear! When the kids are past the baby stage we'll be going to the real library, but in the meantime it is the only chance I get to borrow books.
I agree that reading can be the same as meditation in the way that it stops you thinking about things. But in the same way, escaping into a book enables you to avoid uncomfortable feelings that meditation can help you face. So I wouldn't say it's a good substitute. But good in its own right.
I love reading but have definitely found the internet has sapped my time for reading books. There's always so many things to 'check' and 'research' online. Nothing beats getting into a good book and the satisfaction of finishing something that's complete, rather than a random blog post.