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Reading is good for you. Insanely good for you. Let's run down just a handful of a the benefits:
- It helps you relax. In a British study, people were forced to do an activity that made them anxious. After that, they were asked to read, play video games or listen to music. The readers' stress levels dropped the most: by two-thirds.
- Studies have shown that mental stimulation can slow the progress of Alzheimer's and Dementia. Reading books forces your brain to work, which helps keep it healthy.
- Reading is like a jolt of genius to young minds. A child with strong reading skills is more likely to have higher intelligence test scores later in life.
As much as we may love to curl up with a book, it's getting harder to find the time. Thanks to smartphones, 60 percent of workers are connected to the job 13 hours a day. And if you're a mom in America, you have roughly 36 minutes of free time in a day. You want to read, but it's hard to fit in your schedule.
Enter Blinkist. The app condenses books into easy-to-digest, 15-minute "blinks." They're highly curated presentations of all the best insights from non-fiction. In other words, A Brief History Of Time is now brief enough to read while you wait for the bus.