you are what you read [episode 007]

There are hundreds of reasons to read. For me, reading is one of the main ways I maintain mental focus and stimulation. I love television and other forms of media, but give me a good book any day and I’ll be a happy camper. I love information. In fact, it’s one of my top five Strengthsfinder strengths. Reading, for me, is also my “escape.”

[To read more on this series, click here.]

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Most of the time, my motivation to read is simple. I read for information and I read for pleasure. But there are many other reasons for and benefits to the practice.

I’d like to present several of my favorite articles that point to the benefits of reading. There are many folks that have said it better than me. Here’s a list of some intriguing perspective that support that position.

10 Benefits of Reading and Why You Should Read Everyday

Six Unconventional Reasons Why You Absolutely Should Be Reading Books

Reading Has Hidden Health Benefits

5 Ways Reading Makes You a Better Leader

8 Science-Backed Reasons to Read a (Real) Book

More Scientific Evidence That Reading Is Good For You

How To Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks and Save Yourself $21,000

Read Slowly to Benefit Your Brain and Cut Stress

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For Those Who Want to Lead, Read

Don’t Underestimate the Power of Pleasure Reading

Benefits of Reading: Getting Smart, Thin, Healthy, Happy

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So I am curious. Why do you read? What are your main reasons? If you’re not much of a reader, why not? What’s keeping you from getting started?

 

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