By the way, I should tell you that I didn't exactly grab the book out of a sensational urge to read; rather, it was more out of a necessity. As a blogger, I had stayed up late this one night glued to my computer screen for hours—checking up on social media, writing articles, and fixing up my website—which meant that my eyes were stuck in computer gaze mode by the time I laid down in bed.
And did it work? Absolutely! By the time I was ten pages in I felt completely reinvigorated. I had suddenly become remarkably humbled, exceedingly relaxed, and intensely focused; sort of like the euphoric feeling one gets after sex.
Before long all the stress, mental fatigue, and negative energy I had balled up throughout the day disappeared, only to be replaced by overwhelming sensations of safety, thoughtfulness, creativity, and unyielding optimism. My mind was the clearest it had been in ages.
What's more, Kevin Hart's book was that good. It was a fun read—a story I could relate to that was interesting, entertaining, and inspirational, rather than some random technical book riddled with humdrum static information and facts. In the end, I felt so refreshed that I wound up staying awake for the whole next hour, only to fall asleep once my eyes were too tired to flip to the next page.
PEACE OF MIND
Furthermore, studies have shown that daily reading can lead to stress reduction, knowledge expansion, improved concentration and memory retention, stronger analytical skills, and an overall better quality of life. So why don't I just do it more?
Wait a sec, let's re-phrase the question. What steps can...will I take to ensure that I read more? That's better! Well, here are 5 easy ways I've come up with not only for myself, but for you as well:
1. USE A KINDLE
2. READ A GOOD BOOK
3. TAKE NOTES WHILE READING
4. READ ON THE GO
5. READ BEFORE BED
So, do I believe that all of the cool benefits that come with reading can lead to a better quality of life? Sure! Am I optimistic about taking the time to read more? Of course! Do I think these are simple, valid steps to increase the amount of time I spend reading? Hell to the yeah! The only question now is, are you with me!?