Build your Brain! Read a Book.
Technology is wonderful, as a technogeek I am 100% for technology, but I’ve decided to join the “Slow Reading” movement. Like the “Slow Food” movement it is a call back to older, slower, time tested ways. The Slow Reading movement encourages reading physical books and reading the entire book. If you decided to give it a try you may find that you can no longer make it through an entire book, but don’t be discouraged just press on through and you will find the joy of reading again.
Our brains are amazing machines with the ability to adapt and studies are showing that our brains are making fascinating changes and new neural pathways as a result of electronic devices, electronic media, and social apps. While the adaptations are beneficial for the floods of information we come across daily through the internet, our phones, tablets etc. it is having a detrimental effect on our way of thinking, processing, and retaining of information.
The process we use to assimilate information on the web, apps, etc. is a process of skimming. We no longer read in a typical left to right manner, but in a series of columns across the page or in shape of an F; across the top, down, across. The result is the ability to get the gist of a great deal of data, but we lose a greater level of comprehension, reduce our vocabulary and even negatively impact our abilities to empathize and build deeper relationships!
Just like we help ourselves become healthier through proper eating, exercise, socialization, meditation and prayer we can make our brains healthier too through things like disconnecting from our devices from time to time, doing crossword puzzles, de-stressing, and reading either a book or ebook word for wore, cover to cover. While ebooks are electronic there are still benefits to reading a book through an e-reader, though most encourage physical books.
While I am not calling for some sort of Luddite uprising and encouraging we toss all of our electronic devices I am encouraging you that part of being the best you, you can be and becoming amazing is to pull back from time to time, curl up with a good book, breathe, and read! Your brain will thank you.
Here are some great reasons to read a physical book, textbook, magazine etc.:
- Studies show greater retention of the information
- Increased memory function as we age
- Evidence of stress reduction
- Improved analytical and reasoning skills
- Improved vocabulary
- Improved focus and concentration
- Increased productivity – not counting the time we get totally lost in a good book!
- Greater concentration
- Improves listening skills
Be amazing today one step at a time!
Shaklee and the brain: Shaklee has spent years researching the brain and has developed a proprietary product called MindWorks, it is a revolutionary program that provides nutritional support + brain training software. MindWorks key nutrients have been shown in three clinical studies and dozens of laboratory studies to immediately enhance mental sharpness and focus and protect against age-related mental decline.* And a portion of the proceeds from each bottle of MindWorks purchased will be donated to fund brain health research.
So, how’s it going towards my personal goals to amazing?
Goal one, my Shaklee Business: Today is a a catch up day for me. Organization is key and today I am planning to catch up on all of my emails and make a written plan for next week. I also hope to introduce the new Shaklee Integrative Wellness Plan to a couple of people today.
Goal two, my health and fitness: Regarding my health goals I really need to be more intentional and find that just plain laziness is getting in my way. Today I am setting the goal of keeping the end prize in mind and always looking at the bigger picture. Yesterday was baby play day, but I did focus on eating well.
Today I will organize, plan, workout using the Shaklee 180 fitness guide, help people feel better and of course Strip and Shake daily.
100 Days to Amazing! You can do amazing things. I believe you can; you believe you can too!
What the 100 Days is about:
I was at the Shaklee Global Conference August 12-16th and we were challenged to 100 Days of Amazing with the question of what could we accomplish in 100 days if we really tried? I was inspired by the challenge, both as a business builder who wants to grow my business in 100 days and as an individual! What could I do in 100 days?
My Journey to Amazing: My 100 Days to Amazing are committed to making a more successful business as a Shaklee Independent Distributor and I am also committed to 100 days to amazing health and fitness. I want to be fit for my future making sure that my health span matches my life span as closely as possible. This is my Journey.