Monday, September 1, 2014

10 Reasons Why Writers Should Drink Coffee

I love coffee. As a writer and reader, it sort of goes hand in hand. There's nothing like curling up with a good book and a warm cup of coffee. And staying up until one or two in the morning without a steaming mug seems ludicrous to me.

My husband gives me a hard time because he thinks it's unhealthy for me to drink so much coffee. Now, to be clear, I don't think my love of coffee is out of control. I know plenty of others who drink it all day. I consume about three cups a day. Lately, I've been trying to stick to only two, because of my husbands concerns.

But this afternoon as I made my afternoon cup of coffee I had an epiphany: Why not see what the experts have to say about it. So for my husband and the other concerned writers family members: 10 reasons why it's okay for us to drink coffee...

#10 Drinking coffee helps fight disease.
Drinking coffee may help lower your chances of type II diabetes, Parkinson's disease, and dementia. Of course the findings are subjective, but hey, any chance to help us stay healthy is a + in my book. Less disease=more time spent writing.

#9 Coffee can help you live longer.
Being one of the highest sources of antioxidants and as evidenced by the previous reason, coffee may help you live longer. This means you'll have more time to finish your book and get published.

#8 Smelling coffee can help wake you up.
The fact that you can just smell coffee (without even drinking it) and it can help wake you up is amazing. This is extremely important when you're creeping up to 2 am and you have a deadline in less than 24-hours.

#7 Coffee is good for your liver.
This is especially important for those days, when at the end of your writing session, you desperately need a glass of wine, or an entire bottle. Either way, your liver is now protected.

#6 Coffee can make you smarter.
Okay, so that may be pushing it a bit. The caffeine in your coffee helps power your brain. So while it may not actually make you smarter, it does help you focus and be more alert. This is beneficial when you tend to procrastinate. For instance, when you turn on the computer and find yourself perusing Facebook and Twitter instead of actually writing.

#5 Coffee may help you lose weight.
This is one of my favorite reasons to drink coffee. Since most writers sit for long periods of time this is a great way to help curb your appetite, and in turn lose weight. If you don't have time to make it to the gym for the day, just have another cup of coffee.

#4 Coffee improves long-term memory.
With coffee, you no longer have to worry about finding something to write down that great idea. Your memory will be so sharp, it will be like your very own external hard drive.

#3 Coffee can help with hair growth.
Now, you can pull your hair out with confidence, because drinking coffee helps stimulate hair growth. So go ahead and let your frustrations out.

#2 Coffee makes you feel happy.
With the stress of writing, and the feeling of utter incompetence that often plagues writers, it's a relief to know there's a safe way to deal with those moments of depression. This will also help with #3.

#1 Because it tastes so good!
There I've said it. There's really no other reason. It feels great in your hands and even better as it warms its way down to your belly.

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