read your way to feeling calmer & happier …
Thankfully, these benefits aren’t limited to the over-achievers among us who are reading stacks of books each month. It’s the act of consistently setting aside as little as 10 minutes of quiet time each day and truly focusing on the words on the page that gets results.
Reading books does wonderful things for our brains. The mindful concentration required to read a book not only reduces stress, it also expands your vocabulary and enhances your memory and other cognitive skills. And, if you’re a regular reader of so-called “literary” fiction, you may even notice that a regular habit of quiet, uninterrupted reading time actually helps improve your abilities to listen and to empathize with others.
If all that weren’t enough: When you choose a peaceful, quiet spot to read your book, the silence itself offers additional health benefits.
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Have no fear: This isn’t another reading challenge.
I won’t encourage you to complete a huge reading list, or to read faster.
Your reading goal shouldn’t be to simply read more; rather, it should be to get more out of the book you’re currently reading.
Because, let’s face it, when you’re calm, focused, empathetic, and well-read, you’re ready to do the work of being — and making — positive change in the world. Which is something we could certainly use right now.