Reading books is one of the best habits one can develop.
Books have great have a great significance in humans life.
They help to record the history of humanity and also propagate knowledge to next generations.
Further, they are also instruments of business and contribute to the economy.
Reading a book gives you many useful benefits.
Before we go further, lets see some quotes related to advantages of reading books.
♣ “It is better to buy a book than to replace a torn shirt“. by a significant social reformer.
♣ “Don’t believe in those who are fond of books” Henry David Thoreau exclaimed ” . He said it because one of his books was missing after a person visited his cottage. That person might have got interest in books
Advantages of Reading Books
a) Books add knowledge: Books are bought mainly for this purpose. They are the best mode of imparting education since school days for any one of us. Tough books are found on many topics, the number of books found on education-related topics like science, maths, social etc. occupy major share. Even one can know regarding their health and what doctors might prescribe by books on pharmacotherapy.
Books on other topics also impart knowledge of some sort or other. But they are prime means to give knowledge. So many advice to make a reading hobby.
b) Enhances imagination power: Have you ever noticed reading a novel or a story book.
You will find that your mind has framed a pictures of what you read. Supposing the novel you were reading describes a desert or sea related incidents. Automatically your mind frames the images related to them. This is possible even if you have never seen a sea or desert before. But due to the description in the story line the images are formed. Thus reading can enhance imagination capacity. But where can this be useful? Imagination can be useful for those in research and technology-related fields. Even it would be good for students reading physics, chemistry and maths as they need imagination skills to understand.
c)Helps you set your mood: This is an area which only books can accomplish without the need of counseling. These books are of next high selling grade. They help set the mood of the reader. Examples include
1. Self help books; Go through the books like “Rich Dad Poor Dad, Magic of Thinking Big, 7 Habits of Successful People, How to Win Friends and Influence People, Tough times never last but tough people do etc”..
These are the books for mental stimulation and encouragement. They teach on aspects like how to be successful in one’s life, how to face hardships etc.
Reading these books minimizes negative thoughts, reduce your stress levels. Regular reading helps the reader build optimism and approach life with positive attitude.
So these books help to keep the mood and mind on a positive note. These books contribute to the health benefits of reading.
2. Spiritual books; These books are available in different religions. While some are written by well versed holy men. They give principles for peaceful living.
They can impart peace of mind to the reader besides high-end knowledge or wisdom. Ex; The Bible, The Bhagawad Geeta, An autobiography of a yogi, etc.
The specialty of above types of books is a desire to read repeatedly. Though they are read previously, re-reading gives more better insights and happiness.
Thus they can be helpful books for people in times of disappointments, in longing for guidance, etc.
3. Novels: These books contain many aspects like romantic, thrill, fiction etc..in course of reading. As long as one studies non stop, his mind is fixed up as per the novel. They can be knowledge giving and entertaining also. They are the right way to pass holidays and pass time.
d)Improves vocabulary and grammar:
All the books, publications are screened well for grammar, vocabulary, spelling mistakes etc. by the publishers. So they can be quite perfect in terms of usage of language, grammar, words etc.
Reading them helps the reader improve his vocabulary in communication and writing. Since one comes across new words, phrases, etc. The reader gets accustomed to use them in his daily language.
Even the sentence formation, use of suitable words for expressing some view will be fine-tuned.
e) Enhance writing & speaking skills: It is quite obvious that one who is an avid reader can speak and write a lot. If given a chance he can give a speech or write a column out of his bookish knowledge. Reading gives confidence to the person due to enhanced knowledge. So his speaking and writing skills are improved by reading books.
f) Best friends of loneliness: In times of loneliness, books are the best resort to void off the lonely feeling. Hence even prisoners like to spend time reading books.
g) Give you knowledge for teaching, social speaking etc.
If one reads suitable books, he gets hints and additional points to include in his seminar or oral presentation. A teacher well prepared will give better lecture than on who is not. This preparation mostly includes from subject related books.
h)Company during travel: Books are the best for pass time. They also impart knowledge and ideas besides a good time pass like in tours, trips or even daily travel to school.
i)Helps you fall asleep: This is a well known fact and experience for many. Book reading is a good sleep inducer. As the reading tires the brain, the persons doze of while still book in hand.
j) Helps you improve concentration: This is a trick mentioned in a book “Who will cry when you die“. While reading a page in the book mark the word at which you lost attention and again resume to cover with longer attention. On repetition the number of words covered with attention will improve.
So how does reading help your brain? By improving knowledge, imagination, comprehension, etc.
Tips for comfortable reading.
1. Read in a sufficient visible light. While reading, i is good to have sufficient light. Or else it will be additional strain on the mind and eyes to read.
2. Have some breaks in between reading: Having breaks in between reading especially novels, story books etc is beneficial as it helps us focus on other important works of the day.
3. Do not read on iPad or tablet or e-reader when you can find a hard copy of the book. This is to be considered for the benefit of eyes. Though one can weak anti-glare glasses still it is not comfortable to read PDF books on them than reading hard copy ones. Reading a book is a healthy living aspect than reading on laptop or computer.
4. Use some remainders or page break ribbons to continue further reading. This helps you save time from re-searching the pages till where you read previously.
Reading books also indicate many things like you are a literate or learned person.
Books even contribute a lot to the economy.
1. There are authors who became rich by writing good or interesting books for society to read. Such is the demand for good books.
2. Even after though we have emails, SMS, etc. for conveying of information. Still, postal department is busy. This is because they need to trans locate a hard copy of books to their destiny.
IMPORTANCE OF READING (745 Words)
- It widens the horizon of thinking
- It plays a key role in academic success
- it’s an unending company
- it brings the best out of someone
Reading has at all times and in all ages been a great source of knowledge. Today the ability to read is highly valued and very important for social and economic advancement. In today’s world with so much more to know and to learn and also the need for a conscious effort to conquer the divisive forces, the importance of reading has increased. In the olden days if reading was not cultivated or encouraged, there was a substitute for it in the religious sermon and in the oral tradition. In the nineteenth century, Victorian households used to get together for an hour or so in the evenings and listen to books being read aloud, But ,today we not only read, we also want to read more and more and catch up with the events taking place around us.
Reading skills are essential to succeed in society. Those who are good readers tend to exhibit progressive social skills. A person who is widely read is able to mix with others. He is a better conversationalist then those who do not read. He can stand his ground. Reading broadens the vision. It is in a way a substitute for travel. It is not possible to travel as much one would like to and reading can fill in the gap created by the lack of travel. Having confidence in reading only comes from the daily practice of reading. A good reader can interact with others in a far better way because reading has widened his vision and point of view. Thus a widely-read man is a better conversationalist and is able to see the other side point of view.
Educational researchers have found that there is a strong correlation between reading and academic success. A student who is a good reader is more likely to do well in school and pass exams than a student who is a weak reader. Good reader can understand the individual sentences and organizational structure of a piece of writing. They can comprehend ideas, follow arguments and detect implications. Good readers can extract from the writing what is important for the particular task they are employed in and they can do it quickly. Educational researchers have also found a strong correlation between reading and vocabulary knowledge. Students who have a large vocabulary are usually good readers. This is very surprising, since the best way to acquire large vocabulary is to read extensively and if you read extensively you’re likely to be or become a good reader.
Books are no doubt very faithful friend of a reader. They never betray but accompany the reader, either sitting alone or traveling. Those who are habitual of reading feel comforted with books. It soothes and relieves tension and loneliness. Medically it also plays a vital role to eradicate depression and unrest. Books are great assassins of boredom. It just kills the boring time.
We are the dwellers of this speedy advancing world. Everything is moving so fast just like a rocket. To keep the pace, we must also need to do things that benefit us. Reading is no doubt a stupendous habit. It can make a stagnant, barren mind rich and cultivatable. It pours rich thoughts in minds. It brings the best out of someone. Reading also helps one to see the present in relation to the past and the future and thus develops a historical perspective. But, care is needed to ensure that reading doesn’t become a substitute for the real life. The moment one ceases to enjoy the ordinary pleasures and happiness of life and is content to enjoy them vicariously through fictional and historical representation, one loses all the benefits of reading and loses contact with life.
As a result of reading books over a period of time, a learning process is formed. There are a great many benefits to be gained from reading books. It is proven that in this technological society the demands for higher levels of literacy are creating unfavorable consequences for those who fall short. This is even more of reason to get into the habit of reading books, but with the cinema and television taking up a great deal of attention of children, teenagers and even adults, the habit of serious reading is dying out. We must never let it die out.
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