Why You Should (And How You Can) Read A Lot More

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If you're a curious person, chances are, you have a growing stack of books next to your bed (or waiting patiently in an e-reader) that taunts you every night as you squeeze in a few pages before falling asleep.

Reading is time-consuming, and being a slow or average-speed reader doesn't just impact our personal lives — it has serious implications when it comes to our professional lives as well. The ability to absorb and analyze written information plays a pivotal role in career advancement. Thankfully, you can learn how to absorb text faster.

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If you want to accelerate your reading speed, it's worth picking up The Award-Winning Speed Reading Bundle. These courses are designed to make you read faster and more efficiently, and to ensure that you retain all the information you absorb.

With speed reading courses like these, you'll become better at processing new information. That opens the door to new professional, creative, and personal opportunities.

Here are four reasons why you should be reading as much as you can:

1. You'll Keep Your Brain Sharp

As we age, our bodies aren't the only things that deteriorate. Our minds tend to decay at an equally alarming rate, unless they receive healthy doses of stimulation that force them to "exercise." Keeping your brain active and energized plays a crucial role in fighting off things like cognitive impairment, depression, and dementia as we age.

Reading is one of the best ways to keep your brain active and healthy. In fact, a recent study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Neurology found that frequent cognitive activity is directly associated with slower cognitive decline later in life.

2. You'll Sleep Better

That pile of books is on your nightstand for a reason. Unlike your smartphone or laptop, whose bright screens inhibit your body's ability to produce melatonin and subsequently fall asleep, books engage the brain in a meaningful and productive way without projecting short-wave optical radiation that throws your coveted sleep schedule for a spin. And just like your body feels wiped out after a great workout at the gym, your brain will become naturally fatigued and sleepy after reading a chapter or two of a great book.

3. Knowledge Is Power

The more you know about a wide range of topics (many of which have yet to be fully dissected on television or other educational mediums in any meaningful way), the more you'll be able to get ahead in both your career and personal life. This is especially true in the Information Age, in which we're constantly competing for better pay and better careers that require an in-depth knowledge of countless important topics.

4. You'll Become More Empathetic

Books remain the best way to understand someone else's point of view. They offer an unparalleled peek into different worlds and lives throughout history, and you don't even have to leave the comfort of your sofa to catch a glimpse. And knowing more about the people you'll likely never encounter in real life is always a plus.

In fact, researchers from the University at Buffalo recently discovered that reading fiction improves empathy by improving one's understanding of others (even if the "others" in question aren't real people). This has profound implications for society, in which everything from fostering personal relationships to avoiding world war relies on a strong, healthy sense of empathy.

So put down your smartphone at night and start putting a dent in that nagging pile of books on your nightstand. Your brain, career, and all of humanity will thank you.

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