by Barbara McNichol
A recent Wall Street Journal article emphasizes how Slow Reading has become a lost art—and why taking time to read is vital. The author contends that getting away from electronic prompts and simply reading the old-fashioned way has led to:
- reduced stress levels
- improved ability to concentrate
- deeper ability to think, listen, and empathize
It even cites studies saying how reading in a focused way can slow one’s memory loss. Who doesn’t want that!
|Think about how what this article says might change your habits. Here’s how it starts:
Once a week, members of a Wellington, New Zealand, book club arrive at a cafe, grab a drink and shut off their cellphones. Then they sink into cozy chairs and read in silence for an hour.
The point of the club isn’t to talk about literature, but to get away from pinging electronic devices and read, uninterrupted. The group calls itself the Slow Reading Club, and it is at the forefront of a movement populated by frazzled book lovers who miss old-school reading . . .
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