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7 – Reading

Books are one of the pillars of the seeker of purpose and meaning. Its many benefits has also made it a favorite choice among doctors to prescribe to depressed patients.

The good thing about reading is that you can do it at any time: While on bus trips, before going to bed, in the bathroom, while you eat. Carrying a book or reading tablet with you is a great idea.

As for those benefits I mentioned, here are some:

  • Expanded vocabulary and overall knowledge.
  • Slower progress and prevention of Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
  • Reduced stress and anxiety.
  • Improved memory, analytical skill, focus and concentration.
  • Strengthened empathy.

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  1. Andrew Andrew

    Do you have any recommendation for what to read?
    I started reading Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations because a friend recommended it to me, as a means of getting me out of my depressive funk. I often see it recommended online, so it’s probably a safe bet. That being said, looking for your answer at the bottom of a specific book is the wrong approach. Invariably, a book you expect to change your life will not.

    • Aleph Aleph

      I apologize for the delay. I can suggest Siddhartha and Ishmael as two books that are bound to make you look at life with a different perspective. Let me know what you think of them,
      Regards.

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