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The lost art of concentration: being distracted in a digital world

Reading for pleasure

Reading for pleasure

We have got so used to skim reading for fast access to information that the demand of a more sophisticated vocabulary, a complex plot structure or a novel’s length can be difficult to engage with.

Single-minded attention may need relearning in order to enjoy reading for pleasure again.

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One Medicine Many Cures

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The Ritual Of Gratitude
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