Reading to Nourish Your Brain17 Jun 2015 | by Scott Nesbitt
Chances are you don’t read as much as you want to. Or should. I know I don’t.
Take a moment, though, and look at what you read. Then, think about why you’re reading it. If you’re not grazing information online, chances are you’re reading either for work or as a way of escaping for a few minutes.
Something I don’t think we do often enough is reading to nourish our brains.
What do I mean by that?
Reading something that challenges you, whether intellectually or philosophically. Exploring a topic or subject that you normally wouldn’t be interested in. Delving into something that a writer has an interesting take on.
You often don’t get that from a 500 word blog post, or a short article in a newspaper or magazine. To truly nourish your brain, to truly challenge yourself, you need to read something that goes into some depth. Something that builds an argument and tells a story. Something that makes you think.
I found that reading those books (and longer pieces of journalism) engaged my brain in a way that’s different from what I read for work or even for pleasure. Not that that more challenging work I read doesn’t bring my pleasure …
Those books and articles got me thinking about ideas and concepts in a way that my regular reading material doesn’t.
And that’s the goal of reading to nourish your brain. Not to keep up with what’s new or hot. Not to follow a trend. The goal is to get you thinking. To expose you to new or different ideas.
Doing that helps to make life a bit more interesting.
So here’s my challenge to you: Find a book or a half dozen long-form articles. Make sure that they’re interesting, challenging, and take you out of your intellectual and mental comfort zone. Read them. Absorb the ideas. Think about those ideas. Then, feel free to report back on your experience.
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