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    Why Are Books Important?



    Why is reading important?

    It is how we discover new things. Reading is vital in developing a good self image.

    Being able to read is a crucial skill in being able to function in today's society. It is important because it develops the mind and develops the imagination.

    A person who knows how to read can educate themselves in any area of life they are interested in.

    Non readers or poor readers often have low opinions of themselves and their abilities. They feel isolated and behaviour problems can surface. As we live in an age overflowing with information, reading is the main way to take advantage of it.

    "Reading, like no other medium, can transform your life in a flash, and you never know which book, at which time in your life, might be the one that rocks your world and inspires you to grow in ways you never thought possible."
    ---Burke Hedges.

    1. Reading is an active mental process that improves your concentration and focus:

    It makes you use your brain; helping you to reason out things which are unfamiliar to you.

    Reading is one of the most enjoyable hobbies a person can have. Although it's saddening to think that the majority of people aren't introduced to the fabulous world of books.

    Since you must concentrate in order to read, this requires you to focus and think about what you are reading.

    If you want to break the monotony of an uncreative and uninterested life, go and grab an interesting book. Turn the pages to explore new worlds filled with information and ingenuity.

    2. Improves your discipline and memory:

    Making time to read is something we all feel that we should do, but few of us schedule book reading time every day. But adding book reading to your daily schedule and sticking to it, improves discipline.

    Studies show if you don't use your memory, it becomes more and more difficult to remember facts that you have read. Crossword puzzles are an example of a word game that staves off Alzheimer's.

    Reading helps to stretch your memory muscles and requires you to remember details, facts and figures, plot lines, themes and characters.
    It is really satisfying to look at a shelf of books and say, "I've read every one of those!"

    Not only is the knowledge useful, but it is personally very rewarding as well.

    3. Builds self-esteem and improves creativity:

    The more you read, the more knowledgeable you become and with more knowledge comes more confidence. More confidence builds self-esteem.

    Reading about the diversity of life and exposing yourself to new ideas and more information helps to develop the creative side of the brain and filters innovation into your thinking process.

    So it's a chain reaction. When you are well read, people will look to you for answers. Then your feelings about yourself only get better. Even more confidence!

    Reading about diversity of life and exposing yourself to new ideas and more information helps to develop the creative side of the brain as it imbibes innovation into your thinking process.

    4. Reading improves your vocabulary and reduces boredom:

    When you are reading books, especially challenging ones, you will probably find yourself exposed to many new words.

    Remember when you learnt to read, how you learned to figure out the meaning of one word by reading the context of the other words in the sentence?

    You will get the same benefits for building your vocabulary from book reading. So if you are feeling bored, then pick up a book and start reading.

    If you're bored anyway, you might as well be reading a good book, right?

    5. Gives you a glimpse into other cultures and places of the world, so you'll always have something to talk about:

    Reading gives you an insight into the diversity of ethnicity of people, their customs and their lifestyles. You'll become more aware about different places and their codes of conduct in those places.

    Ever found yourself in an embarrassing situation where you didn't have anything to talk about? How would you know about the life of people in Alaska if you hadn't read about it?

    Want a remedy for this? It's simple. Start reading.

    Reading really widens your horizon of information, so you'll always have something to talk about.

    Ideally, reading should be split between fiction and nonfiction books. Fiction is definitely more exciting, but it does not yield long term knowledge benefits like nonfiction books do.


    Wise Words!


    "Not every reader is a leader, but every leader must be a reader."
    ---Harry Truman.

    "In our new knowledge economy, if you haven't learned how to learn, you'll have a hard time."
    ---Peter Drucker

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    Last edited by 'Abd-al Latif; 02-29-2012 at 11:54 AM. Reason: Correcting some small errors
    Why read?

    And verily for everything that a slave loses there is a substitute, but the one who loses Allah will never find anything to replace Him.”
    [Related by Ibn al-Qayyim in ad-Dâ' wad-Dawâ Fasl 49]



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    Re: Why read?


    and i forget the things i have read ... even sometimes when i read a very interesting paragraph or more

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    Re: Why read?


    8 Benefits of Reading (or Ways Reading Makes You Better at Life)

    The public library is a phenomena that to this day I still can’t get over. Free knowledge, for anyone. Literally, anyone. I can’t think of an equivalent other than going to a clothing store, “checking out” an outfit, wearing the outfit and returning it in four weeks, free of charge.

    Except books are so much better than clothes.

    Recently I’ve been on a huge reading kick, checking out anything I can get my hands on in the library. (I’m writing a guest post on ZenHabits to detail some of the best stuff I’ve found, so more on that later.)

    I’ve found that no matter what I read, the act of reading every day has helped me in nearly every aspect of my life. Here are a few of my favorite ways that reading has improved my quality of life, and will definitely improve yours.


    1. Enhanced Smarts

    Wow, this may be the most obvious statement of the post, right? Well, it turns out that reading helps in almost every area of smarts. Those that read have higher GPA’s, higher intelligence, and general knowledge than those that don’t. In Anne E. Cunningham’s paper What Reading Does for the Mind, she found that reading, in general, makes you smarter, and it keeps you sharp as you age.

    No matter what you’re wanting to do or become, you can’t do it without more knowledge. Reading is an excellent way to get where you’re wanting to go.

    2. Reading reduces stress

    When I’m reading a book, my mind shifts gears. Where I might have a had a stressful day, a book can easily distract me. Fiction is fantastic for this. Reading an awesome fiction book is perfect right before bed time. Though sometimes it’s hard to put the book down if it’s really good. Still, you’ll be relaxed

    3. Greater tranquility

    Reading can soothe like no other. Given that I’m a pretty high-energy person, reading forces me to sit and be still. This daily act of making myself be quiet and still has been nothing short of miraculous for my anxiety and my “fidgety factor”.

    4. Improved analytical thinking

    That’s right, ladies and germs. Cunningham’s studies have found that analytical thinking is boosted by reading. Readers improve their general knowledge, and more importantly are able to spot patterns quicker. If you can spot patterns quicker, your analytical skills receive a boost.

    5. Increased vocabulary

    It’s no secret that reading increases your vocabulary and improves your spelling, but did you know that reading increases your vocabulary more than talking or direct teaching? Reading forces us to look at words that we might not have seen or heard recently at the pub. In fact, language in children’s books are likely to be more sophisticated than your average conversation.

    Increased vocabulary is especially crucial for bloggers or writers. All successful writers will tell you that in order to write well, you need to read. Every day. You’ll be surprised at the words you start incorporating into your writing.

    A beefier vocabulary isn’t just for writers though. Knowing what other people are saying and using the perfect words to convey your feelings is a critical part of being a better human. Better listeners are more successful in life.

    (Side note: If you’re concerned with your well-being at previously mentioned pub, you might lay off the more obnoxious terms you’ve picked up.)

    6. Improved memory

    I have an awful memory. Just ask my fiancee. I usually can’t remember what I’ve eaten for breakfast, let alone things like names and addresss. Yet I’ve been finding that I can remember stuff much easier when I’ve been reading consistently. Do I have any scientific data to match this up? Not really. But I’d say it’s a pretty safe bet that reading has somehow given me memory mojo.

    7. Improved writing skills

    This isn’t much of a stretch, considering that reading improves vocabulary and critical thinking. I feel like a better writer, as I’m constantly surrounding myself with works from people who are better than me. That’s why English classes in High School make you read “the classics”. That’s why art students learn to copy masterpieces, so they know what creating something incredible should feel like.

    The more you read, the better of a writer you’ll become.


    8. Helps prioritise goals

    Many times we’re certain we know what we “really want” in life. Yet I’ve found that activities like reading show me things I didn’t know about myself. My mind will drift to things that I’d really like to do, and it isn’t long that these little lapses in reading start to cycle. The same sort of goals keep popping into my head, allowing me to see what I really want to do.

    When you remove yourself from your work environment, you’ll start to see things that you might really want to do, that you’re not doing yet. Reading gives you a chance for your to wander.

    http://lifedev.net/2009/06/reading-makes-you-better/
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    Why read?

    And verily for everything that a slave loses there is a substitute, but the one who loses Allah will never find anything to replace Him.”
    [Related by Ibn al-Qayyim in ad-Dâ' wad-Dawâ Fasl 49]



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    Re: Why read?


    I hate reading except my curriculum books.Now I have understood why english is so bad.
    When I start reading books I started feeling sleepy ,after 1-2 pages I catch deep sleep.I don't remember I ever read any english book.
    Why read?



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    Re: Why read?


    Read the entire library's-worth of literature by our members in the Creative Writing forum. Start by clicking the image in my signature.

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    Re: Why read?


    And we must not forget, reading enhances our Critical Thinking skills which are incredibly useful!

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    Re: Why read?


    Really appreciatable thread. I learn which i do not know.

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    Re: Why read?


    And we must not forget, reading enhances our Critical Thinking skills which are incredibly useful! Thanx for Sharing

 

 
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