Tips to actually Read more + Benefits [Visual]

It’s always nice to learn there are proven benefits to a beloved hobby, and given all reading does for us, it seems like this is a hobby very much worth cultivating.

Reading is reading, right? To an extent, yes. Reading of any kind requires you to make connections, but a book with chapters—as opposed to, say, a newspaper article—generally requires more memory and increased critical thinking. This kind of work creates new neural pathways between regions of your brain, and that can lead to quicker thinking. So, reading something short and simple won’t necessarily be as beneficial as something that requires a deeper, longer read.

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The true Cost of Living Off the Grid [Infographic]

As bills rack up and carbon footprints become measurably worse, it’s no wonder living off the grid is becoming an increasingly popular lifestyle. According to the Conservation Institute, over 1.7 billion people are living off the grid, meaning they do not rely on public utilities (electricity, water, etc.)

Off-grid living isn’t for everyone, but once you’re up and running and pay off the starting costs, you’ll wind up saving tens of thousands of dollars in the long run. This radical lifestyle change can present many challenges, which is why this visual is a guide for building a life off the grid, from the need-to-know stats to the cost estimates and equipment needed to get yourself going.

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How Residential Solar Energy Works [Infographic]

Harness The Sun for Energy Efficiency

Solar energy is an outstanding renewable resource you can use to generate electricity as long as the sun continues to shine. In return, this means that using the sun is an excellent way to cut your electricity bill. By taking advantage of the sunlight, you no longer will have to rely on your local electric grid- racking up your costs.

There’s no question as to why solar energy continues to thrive as the world’s fastest-growing energy source. As it continues to grow, eventually solar energy will reduce how much we have to rely on coal power for electricity altogether. States like New Mexico are already beginning to pass clean energy legislation, illustrating how far renewable energy has come.

If you’re looking to learn more about how solar power can heat up your pool or jacuzzi, turn on the lights for your home, and spin your fans to keep you cool, have a look at this infographic about harnessing solar energy for efficiency by The Zebra.

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The Benefits of a Plant Wall [Infographic]

If you are looking for a great design feature that brings the beauty of nature into your home, an eco-friendly and stylish living wall is the perfect choice for you. Living walls are stunning plant features created by covering a surface with plants, usually on the walls and facades of buildings.

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The Ultimate Meditation Guide [Infographic]

Meditation is the practice of purposefully focusing your mind and body to achieve a state of relaxation. Through techniques such as breathing exercises, chanting, physical activity or some combination of them, practitioners of meditation hope to achieve a clearer state of mind and ward off the effects of physical and mental stress. In one form or another, meditation is a component of most major religions, as well as a popular form of maintaining wellness.

This infographic will guide you through the benefits of meditating as well as the different types of meditation:

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