Finally, you have some time to do whatever you feel like doing (at least that’s what I’m wishing you for the holidays between Christmas and New Years). Why not read a book that nourishes your soul to start 2018 in a fresh and positive way.
By the way, why is reading good for us?
First of all, you will increase your knowledge in a field you’re interested in. It’s totally up to you if you want to know more about criminal investigation, science fiction, diet & nutrition, romances, how men and women think differently, or whatever you desire. Either way it will definitely help you decrease your current stress level and improve your focus and concentration on the book or story you’re immersed in.
It is also said that reading improves your memory. For every new memory (created by reading the plots/ stories), your brain forms new synapses and strengthens existing ones.
Also don’t forget about the free entertainment you get from reading a book. Yes, books do cost you something, but in case you’re telling yourself you’re on a low budget there are no excuses: go check out the closest library or download free e-books.
I really enjoy reading about nutrition, healthy lifestyles, veganism, spirituality, as well as books about traveling and history (oh, and I love the Hunger Games trilogy).
Here are my 4 book recommendations:
1. The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho
“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”
Definitely a timeless classic in the world of spirituality, I know. As the story is super simple and easily understandable, it is a great opportunity to dive deeper into the world of spiritual texts (by the way, spiritual texts can lower the blood pressure and improve your calmness). This book has a beautiful (short) story with a big meaning.
2. Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
“Whether we change our lives or do nothing, we have responded. To do nothing is to do something.”
If you’re diving more into why we shouldn’t eat animals or why we should be more conscious about what we eat, go for this book! Jonathan Safran Foer is not accusing at all when it comes to eating animals. He portrays different ways of animal farming (not only the factory farming) and provides you with interesting facts and figures around a topic that’s even more controversial than ever before. Maybe this book will even question your thought on the Christmas goose you actually enjoyed… ;-).
3. Money, and The Law of Attraction by Esther & Jerry Hicks
“You are the only one who creates in your experience — no one else. Everything that comes to you comes by the power of your thought.”
There’s nothing you can do wrong about any book by Ester & Jerry Hicks’ “The Law of Attraction”. However, as money plays such an important role in our lives, creating a positive connection with money is super important. As they speak about how the law of attraction improves many ways of your life, they provide you with helpful tips on how to become more financially independent without completely giving up earning a lot of money.
4. Thrive: The vegan nutrition guide to optimal performance in Sports and Life by Branden Brazier
“In fact, the number one reason for obesity in North America is simple: over consumption. And we over consume because we’re hungry.”
More and more athletes become vegan. For example, Brazier, who is a great number in triathlon. Introducing his Thrive diet, he explains all necessary details about nutrition in your everyday life as well as for sport activities. He introduces easy, but healthy recipes, gives information about nowadays superfoods and motivates to become vegan or integrate more vegan meals in your diet with lots of pictures ;-).
I hope you’ll find some me-time to read and chill a little bit, because that’s what everyone deserves after having worked/studied all year long :-).