"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you know, the more places you'll go." - Dr. Seuss
If you aren't already an avid reader, you're probably thinking to yourself how on earth you could make time to READ when your adult life is already so stretched for time. For many, it doesn't seem to make the top priority list next to work, traveling for work, work dinners, work outings, and the spin class you can't miss because you already paid $30 for it. So why are we talking about it?
As a child, reading promoted better language skills and vocabulary, improved concentration, and helped develop a child's imagination. As an adult, we could always improve our vocabulary but there are some other significant benefits to decompressing with a good book.
1. Relieves Stress
When are you NOT thinking about work or your extensively long to-do list? It seems like these days whether you are grabbing drinks with friends or catching up with a family member, the conversation always diverts to "I need to do this..." or "I have this deadline coming up." Curling up with a good book and removing yourself from the real world for even 30 minutes a day will give you an opportunity to get your mind off your adult life.
2. Educate Yourself
There is a lot going on in the world today and it's important to understand where we are as a society. You can definitely immerse yourself in a "for dummies" book regarding religion, history, technology, etc. but that's not always necessary if you are trying to expand your knowledge. You can learn a signifcant amount by simply picking up a lighter, non-fiction read set in a different time period or a different country. Or commit yourself to reading 2 articles everyday to stay up to date on current events. We recommend downloading TheSkimm app on your phone for quick reads on today's relevant topics. This will provide you with stronger awareness around cultural diversity and social issues across the world.
3. Builds Community
We talk a lot of about book club and discussing your perspective with your peers. There is something extremely valuable in sharing different views and understanding other people's interpretation of the same book. You'll find yourself agreeing with some but more often than not, you won't see things the same way as your girlfriend who read the same book. This is a GOOD thing! Build a community that allows you to openly discuss your thoughts and expand your horizons with each read!
It's easy to let reading fall to the wayside. There are a million excuses not to do it. But it's extremely important to take some time therapeutic time for yourself to relieve any stress, educate yourself on issues, and build a community to share information with.
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