We all need to read more.

We live in a world filled with more distractions yet more opportunities than ever. But there’s a lot to be said for the age-old activity of reading.

With Amazon, Kindles, audiobooks, and long commutes, there’s really no excuse for not topping up your mental sustenance.

So why should you read more?

Well, aside from seeking to grow as a person, learning more about the world, nourishing your creative soul, improving memory and concentration, reducing stress, and widening your vocabulary, reading actually makes you a more interesting person.

When you read more, your brain begins to form links between disparate forms of content you’ve consumed. Whether you like it or not, the information you digest is retained, stored away and absorbed into your subconscious. Here, it begins to increase your understanding of certain topics and subjects.

This is like exercise for your mind. And the more you do it, the sharper, and more intellectually powerful you become. You become a better person. You can hold conversations with people outside of your regular circle. People from different cultures, professions, age groups, and backgrounds. This shapes your character and enables you to grow into a more well-rounded, tolerant and respectable individual.

Many are quick to dismiss the idea with the overused excuse, "but I don’t have the time to read!" as they proceed to give a detailed synopsis of whichever TV series is subject of their current binge. Now, I’m not scoffing at the odd night of Netflix. There’s always time for some Jesse and Heisenberg. But what I’m saying is that if you have hours available to spend watching TV...well, you know where I’m going with this...

Resolve to read more from this day on. If you’re already reading a book a week, then great. But why not increase it to two? That’s 104 books a year!

And remember, “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”

I read that in a book somewhere…