The benefits of reading are seemingly endless. Reading every day is not only a wonderful form of relaxation and stress relief, but it’s also a powerful tool to sharpen your mind.

The reading habits of successful people are well documented, with many studies finding that the world’s richest people tend to share reading as a common trait.

The other mental benefits of reading include:

  • Mental stimulation
  • Vocabulary expansion
  • Improves the memory
  • Increases analytical skills
  • Improved focus and concentration
  • Developing writing skills

As smartphones become a ubiquitous staple of our lives, we now spend more time in front of our screens than ever. In fact, U.S. consumers now spend five hours a day on their mobile devices.

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However, the consequences of spending time attached to our smartphones are almost the polar opposite of reading!

Increased time on social media has lead to anxiety, so much so that it has been given its own name, FOMO. The fear of missing out.

Smartphone use has also been linked to decreased attention spans, with humans falling behind goldfish when it comes to attention spans, thanks to mobile devices!

The perfect panacea for smartphones is reading! So in 2018, make reading your New Year’s Resolution. If you’re looking for a few recommendations, check out the recommended reads from some of the year’s best business women.

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Emily Weiss, founder and CEO of Glossier, recommends Ben Horowitz’s business book entitled ‘The Hard Thing About Hard Things.’ Whitney Wolfe, the founder of Bumble, recommends the novel Shantaram by David Gregory Roberts. Check out the rest of the recommendations, courtesy of Fundera:

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