[Why you should read things, starting with this article]
By: Jacobus DU PLESSIS (HSBC Prosperity Hall)
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?
- Protects your brain from Alzheimer’s disease.
- 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.
- Expanded Lexicon (uhm… bigger vocabulary) – reading a lot will give you more words to describe your thoughts, emotions and experiences in.
- 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.
文: Jacobus DU PLESSIS (滙豐業昕堂)
譯: 段延麟 (賽馬會群智堂)