eading is an art and its benefits should not be underestimated when it comes to living a longer life. A new study finds that reading books in particular returns cognitive gains that increase longevity. Researchers at Yale University discovered that people who read live a little longer longer than people who don't. They asked around 3,635 participants, aged over 50 years, about their reading habits. After getting that data, researchers split the cohort into 3 groups: non-readers (who don't read anything at all), those who read less than 3.5 hours a week, and who read more than 3.5 hours a week. They followed their habits for 12 years and came out with a conclusion. Over the course of study, they concluded that both group of readers lived almost 2 years longer than those who didn't read anything at all, which is a 20% decrement in mortality created by sedentary work. Its a very big deal. That's why we love to share some of our favorite books from which you really gets to learn something.
1. CURATION: A book written by Michael Bhasker unravels the art of selection in a world increasingly overwhelmed by data. He clearly explained that how we are conditioned for creation and growth. The book contains a term 'Tsunami of data' which basically represent the amount of data we are producing. In the recent two years, humans have produced more data than rest of the human history combined. Can you imagine how many photos are being uploaded every second and everyday. The number would reach a million. Tech giants - Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Netflix are curating their strategy to provide more curated content and tailored options to the users which eventually power their growth. Read this book if you want you to curate your selection from food to music.
2. EDUCATED: A beautiful and remarkable book written by Tara Westover. An unforgettable memoir of a young girl who stayed out of school until she was 17. She was born to survivalists family, youngest of all seven, waiting for the end of the world by stockpiling the home canned peaches and sleeping with 'head-for-the-hill' bag. Her father never believed in medical establishments and never saw any nurse or doctor. Every gashes, concussion or even burns from explosion were treated at home with herbalism. When one of her brother got into college and came back with a news of world beyond mountains, then she decided to try a new kind of life, a new way of living. She taught herself enough mathematics, grammar and science, gave the ACT (a usual test) and got admitted to Brigham Young University where she learned the powerful advantage of being educated. The book is a beautiful account of the struggle for self invention. A wonderful tale of fierce family loyalty and the grief that comes from getting separated from the loved ones.
3. ATOMIC HABITS: It is a refined version of the book 'The Power of Habit' written by Charles Duhigg. In this four chapter book
you will come across many little fundamental hacks, if implemented properly, gives you the mental strength to break the bad
habits and helps you to develop good habits. The book takes you through the stories of many people, some known and some unknown, who made
their good habits an automatic routine in their lives which eventually helped them to become what they wanted to be. If you want to
learn about how only a slight change in habits and the decision we make can create a healthy lifestyle then this is a good read.
A brilliant book written on habits by James Clear.
If you want to read and learn more from the author then check out his various article at www.jamesclear.com
4. FACTFULNESS: It is a book about the current status of the world. If you love facts and figures then you will
love it. The world is trying hard to hide the facts from you on a day to day basis. It delivers its research in a way that's easy
to understand and uses simple graphs to help you see through the facts. One of my favorite quotes from the author is:
If Bill Gates can learn something from it, we can too. Its no wonder, then, that Factfulness is another one of his 2018 favorite books, written by Swedish, late professor, sword swallower and public speaker Hans Rosling.
5. THE TIPPING POINT: The book itself exemplifies by its subtitle: How Little Things Can Make A Big Difference. A staff writer for The New Yorker takes you through the stories of minor incidents that build to matters of great consequence. Tipping Point, the author writes, is the moment at which an idea catches on and spreads like a wildfire. He begins with asking a question: Why is it that some ideas or behaviors or product or idea start an epidemic and others don't? The book is partitioned into three sections: the law of the few, the stickiness factor and the power of context. Although, the book is quite old but the ideas inside are still very much relevant today. If you want to know how small actions at the right time, at the right place and with right person can start an epidemic then go ahead read it out.
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