What does your brain think? TV vs Books
So, here’s the picture that tells a thousand words, as long as it is writing on a page and not the sound of your telly. The truth behind TV vs Books:
“Reading perfectly trains the brain.”
Oxford scientists proved that the process of reading trains the cognitive abilities of the brain. It also activates areas that aren’t used at other times. When reading, blood enters the brain areas responsible for concentration and cognition. It is noteworthy that this effect does not occur when watching TV or playing computer games. – (Brightside – 13/11/17)
This research found that Alzheimer’s is 2.5 times less likely to appear in older adults who regularly read, while the TV was considered a risk factor.
Six minutes of reading can reduce stress levels by 68 percent, according to researchers at the University of Sussex. Reading beat out other relaxing activities, including listening to music (61 percent), drinking tea or coffee (54 percent), and taking a walk (42 percent).
If books bring back dreary memories of mandatory reading in school, try picking a book on a topic that interests you. I think you will find that reading rewards your personal growth in ways that television cannot replace.
The best way to read more is by changing your day. Being in the same situation for a long time encourages you to keep doing the same things. Go to an entirely new place, and you immediately change your habits.
For instance, if you travel somewhere, you immediately have to adapt and create different habits. You expose yourself to a different way of life, and your everyday activities change drastically. Your TV watching habit can quickly go from 5 hours a day to zero when you are in a new environment.
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