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Benefits of Reading Books: Does It Help You Stay Healthy?

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These days there are so many ways to read content. But books still have a charm of their own, no matter how old-school it sounds. According to Pew Research, Americans prefer reading print books over any other type of content. In fact, about 65 percent of Americans have read a print book in 2015, which is double the number of people who have read an e-book.

Benefits of Reading Books: Does It Help You Stay Healthy?

No matter what form of content you choose to consume, reading has enormous benefits. Reading not only improves your vocabulary and cognitive skills, but it also offers a number of health benefits. In fact, reading can increase your lifespan (according to a study by Medical News Today published in the journal Social Science & Medicine). Moreover, different genres of book have different effects on the human mind. For example, reading fictional books may encourage empathy. Similarly reading motivational books may uplift your mind and fill your life with positivity.

So, if you haven’t picked up a book in the last few days or months, pick up one from your favorite genre and start reading. Here is how you can benefit from regaining your habit of reading:

1. Improve Memory with Reading

Reading affects the human mind in a way that is much different from watching TV or listening to the radio. Whether you read a novel or a manual, different parts of the brain connect in a complex way to process the information. This helps your brain think and concentrate. In fact, staying mentally stimulated can also slow the progress of Dementia and Alzheimer’s. Just as regular exercise keeps the muscles of your body fit and healthy, exercising the brain muscles ensures it stays strong and healthy. It does not matter what you read, but in order to keep your mind active reading must be a ritual that you perform every day.

2. Reduce Stress

A large portion of the population suffers from stress – work stress, financial stress, and emotional stress. As a result they develop a number of health conditions that prevent them from living life the way they want. In fact, according to a study by the American Psychological Association, Americans’ overall stress level increased for the first time in 10 years. You can release stress by sleeping, meditating and even exercising; however there is another easy way to stay away from stress – bibliotherapy. A well written book (of any genre) will transport you to another realm and help you forget things that make you feel stressed. A study by the volunteers at the University of Sussex found that reading is the most effective ways to beat stress. In fact, if you read for six minutes daily it is enough to reduce the stress levels by more than 68 percent, finds the same study.

Some facts about bibliotherapy:

You need not choose a best seller to beat stress

Reading relieves stress but only when you choose a book that you enjoy (such as a comedy or motivational book)

If you feel relieved after reading a book, keep reading as much as you can; but if the feeling exists, it is important to see a therapist

3. Fight Depression and Anxiety

Depression like stress can affect your health and mind in adverse ways. Depression is a brain disorder that can lead to much emotional anguish. Depression also leads to a number of physical problems such as chronic fatigue, increased pains and aches, decreased appetite, insomnia, and many others. It can often be very difficult to understand when a person is suffering from depression, so it is important to keep on doing things that will help us stay away from depression. Reading is one such habit that helps you fight depression actively. Research shows, people who read regularly report fewer feelings of stress and depression compared to those who do not.

According to the Journal of Consumer Psychology by Darwin A. Guevarra, experiential products such as books are designed to boost happiness. Therefore, reading books can provide you with a sense of fulfillment. Moreover, Dr Josie Billington, deputy director of the Centre for Research into Reading at the University of Liverpool says, ‘Reading can offer richer, broader, and more complex models of experience, which enable people to view their own lives from a refreshed perspective and with renewed understanding.’ The refreshed perspectives help you cope with the difficult situations and overcome them easily.

4. Reading Helps You Sleep Better

If you have trouble falling asleep every night, establish a regular de-stressing routine before bed and reading can be a great way to soothe your mind and body. Not only adults, even children can benefit from reading before bedtime. A warm bath, some warm caffeine free drink and a few minutes of reading can help induce sleep. Reading helps you stay away from television and gadgets, which give out bright lights that signal the brain that it is time to stay awake. In fact, watching television or using gadgets during bedtime can be the actual reason for your sleep deprivations. Reading, on the other hand, helps you relax and forget your worries. Thus it has a calming effect on your mind. When you have a good night’s sleep, you feel energetic and stay healthier.

5. Stay Fit

How many times have you heard your mother yell, ‘don’t be a couch potato; go out and play.’ Well it is true that munching on junk foods and spending hours watching television or playing video games can turn you into a couch potato. But things are different when it comes to reading. You can engage in reading while walking, exercising or even while taking a sauna bath. In fact, an interesting book can keep you on an exercise machine for longer. However, readers must use the machine’s book ledge while working out to prevent injuries to the neck and shoulders.


Reading offers a number of health benefits, so you should never give up the habit of reading. Apart from making you more sensible, it can help you live longer and stay happier. The best thing is that there is a reading genre for every literate person on this earth, so you can pick up any book you like and read a few pages every day.

Monochromatic e-Ink eReaders – Changing the Way You Read

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One of the few things that technology has not changed even after centuries is book reading. But lately, things have started to change when it comes to book reading methods. Books are still our best friends, but certainly we have some new friends around the block, known as “e-Ink eReaders”. We could read books electronically prior to them, but what makes the e-Ink eReaders so special are their close to nature typeset, that is -radically different than you have previously seen with an electronic paper and electronic ink.

This electronic paper technology was first introduced for purchase by Sony in 2006 with its e-Book Reader. The eBook Reader by Sony replaced conventional LCD display with E Ink and offered customized back light tweaks to enhance reading experience.  This e-Ink is a reflective technology, allowing you to read like you would read a book or a newspaper.
This e Ink eReader allows you to read books while you relax and offers great reading experience in all environmental conditions. The e-Ink eReaders are lighter and more portable than the computers and the books themselves. This means you can enjoy reading while on the go whether at gym, at a park or travelling in a plane or train. Many of the eReaders also have voice reading feature, letting you listen to your favorite books and articles.
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I Dream Of iPhone

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We can dream right. I dream that the future generation would be the pioneer in the creation of a holographic interface which would enable the users to start and stop processes, reroute power for low power consumption or for better power relays for enhanced power management with the provisions to share your unique power or processor data stream layout for further speculation and integration on to other iPhone’s.  I would love to see an Ultra sensitive virtual holographic keypad which allows you to power through any applications settings and control the iPhone’s active interface.


For the camera, it ought to function through signal dispersion and thermal reading topped off with virtual reconstruction of the image and its surroundings to provide the users with a 3D image, making the in-built camera to be obsolete by having the iPhone transmit and receive the data of the image rather than have the iPhone take the picture.


Making extensive usage of cloud computing to store and retain active data stream to minimize allowing more storage on board.


As the need for much hardware would be deducted the reduced size of the iPhone would be strong and sturdy, enabling it to withstand much torture without having much of a dent to speak off.


Solar and heat rechargeable battery able to go on for a minimum of 3 years without a chance of malfunction are also in my dreams.


I dream that the future of telecom industries would come to a crossroad having them band together to create the ultimate wireless network, which transcends the boundaries of the different countries allowing the subscribers to roam with this giant web of wireless network without additional fees  or performance issues.


The newer interface should allow different software to have an interactive link with any sort of electronic devices making it possible for the user to work with different devices and also to get an intermittent signal reading to check the status of each and every active device in the vicinity of the iPhone.


The iPhone may have a signal relay process with which it can track the activity of a particular without the visual aid of Satellite feeds or GPS, but by recalibrating the transmission and carrier wave pattern to virtually ping the signal remnant to interpret the signal difference to assess the change, which can be used for surveillance or scientific research. This can be extended to track and monitor DNA mutation or even the effectiveness of medicine without any further tests.


The newer version of the iOS would have to be adaptive and be in constant flux allowing you to infuse the users preference and usage patterns without compromising the security of the device and the users privacy.


The Apple App store may become public and turned into a community which manages itself that is no longer restricted by serving the interest of the few and enabling everyone to share and interact to make even better versions of the apps available.


The iPhone may include any app that emulates the appearance of a musical instrument or may be an electronic device or a chemical compound which can be molded, re-fabricated or even used to learn about them, do experiments as if they were the real thing.


So there you have my dream of what ought to be the iPhone. I would think what I spoke is pretty much possible, they may be difficult to implicate but they can be a certain possibility if everyone comes together.