It may sound quaint, but I am a huge proponent of reading books.

I realize for a lot of people, picking up a book (or Kindle or Nook) doesn’t happen so naturally anymore. Even people that used to love to read can have trouble getting into a novel.

In fact, if you have a nagging suspicion your attention span is not what it used to be, you’re not imagining things. In Nick Carr’s book The Shallows, he explores the effects of the internet and smartphone on our ability to concentrate, which in turn results in increased anxiety.

What’s the antidote? Deep concentration. And by reading, you’re able to achieve this state and retrain your brain off of the havoc wrought by the ceaseless information flow coming from your phone.
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