[Why you should read things, starting with this article]【你為什麼應該閱讀——從閱讀這篇文章開始】

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[Why you should read things, starting with this article]

By: Jacobus DU PLESSIS (HSBC Prosperity Hall)

Image: cdn1-www.playstationlifestyle.net

I remember when I was still in primary school and high school, I always had a number of classmates who would wear their hate for reading as some sort of decoration. They would go around and look at the nerds (like myself), carrying around books and scoff: “Ha! How is reading gonna help you anyway?”

Well, long story short, reading helped me a lot. It has helped me to get to this stage in my life where I can study what I love and hopefully I will have a long and prosperous career ahead of me. But hey, don’t take my word for the benefits of reading – trust the scientists instead.

So what are the benefits?

  1. Protects your brain from Alzheimer’s disease.
  2. Reduces stress – diving into a good book will allow you to take a much needed holiday to anywhere in the universe you would like to go.
  3. Expanded Lexicon (uhm… bigger vocabulary) – reading a lot will give you more words to describe your thoughts, emotions and experiences in.
  4. Do what I write, not what I do – reading allows you to gain the life experience from others without actually having to make the same mistakes as they did. Literally the collected knowledge of the entirety of human civilization is written down for you to explore.

Go reward yourself. Open a book and take a trip to Hogwarts, Imperial Rome or the Battle of Waterloo.

【你為什麼應該閱讀——從閱讀這篇文章開始】

文: Jacobus DU PLESSIS (滙豐業昕堂)

譯: 段延麟 (賽馬會群智堂)

圖: cdn1-www.playstationlifestyle.net

我記得在我小學和中學的時候班裡總有一些同學會把討厭讀書作為一件很酷的事情。他們會走到班裡那些像我一樣的書蟲面前嘲諷到:「哈!讀那麼多書有什麼用呢?」

長話短說——讀書的確幫助到了我很多。讀書幫助我走到了今天,讓我可以學自己喜歡的東西,並且為著前方光明的職業之路做著努力。但別只相信我說的啊——看看科學家們是怎麼看待讀書的好處的吧?

好處有哪些?

  1. 預防認知障礙症(又名阿茲海默症)。
  2. 舒緩壓力——隨便拿起一本書,你就彷彿已經徜徉於世界上的某個美麗角落。
  3. 擴大詞彙量——讀書可以讓你有更加多樣的詞彙去表達自己的想法、情緒和精力。
  4. 讀萬卷書,有如行萬里路——讀書可以讓你吸取人生經驗,又不必走作者走過的彎路。確實,整個人類文明的知識寶庫就在這一本一本的書中,等待你的探索。

給你自己一個獎勵吧:打開一本書,你便可以親臨霍格華茲、羅馬帝國或是滑鐵盧戰場。

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