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How reading can help you become a better worker, and a better person


Tired, with no time, and with hardly any extra money: every member of the workforce has been all of these things at some point. If there’s any free time that can actually be claimed, staying in bed and doing nothing seems to be the only attractive option.

While resting is definitely good for one’s body, there may actually be other forms of relaxation which could prove beneficial. Playing sports and listening to music are some of these alternatives, but reading a book is a hobby that you may want to consider.

Helping oneself

According to a study by JAMA Psychiatry, doing “intellectual activities” such as reading significantly bolster mental performance, even lowering risk for dementia, independent of other interventions like healthy eating and regular exercise.

The benefits extend to your career as well. Reading can help improve your communication skills and make readers more empathetic.

While bookstores are a mall mainstay for the most part, fairs like the upcoming Big Bad Wolf Booksale are a fantastic way to discover new finds at bargain prices, perfect for helping kick off a new reading habit.

Helping others

With free admission and discounts up to 90 percent, readers will be able to fill their bags without breaking the bank. They’ll be sure to find some time to go as well, since the booksale is open 24 hours a day from Feb 22 to March 4 at the World Trade Center in Pasay.

This year, the book fair is bringing two million books ranging from science fiction, business, cooking, and design. Children will also enjoy the Little Hippo augmented reality (AR) books, which bring characters like Goldilocks to life via augmented reality. The Big Bad Wolf Booksale is the sole seller of Little Hippo in Asia.

The Big Bad Wolf Booksale won’t only be helping book enthusiasts. They’re continuing their partnership with Gawad Kalinga from last year, wherein they helped build libraries in impoverished communities.

“We had such an exciting time in 2018 and we are thrilled to return to the Philippines this year,” said Jacqueline Ng, one of the event’s founders. “We’re happy to continue our long-term commitment to make books affordable and accessible. We’re excited to also be partnering with Gawad Kalinga again and support their initiatives through the sale.”

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