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by BRAD I SAA C on DECEMBER 5, 2007
I read a Associated Press-Ipsos poll revealing that 1 in 4 adults read no books last year. Yes, that¶s 25% of the adults out there are readingzero books. This is sad. I knew intuitively the number of books read each year had gone down but tozero? Ridiculous! And what about the adults who are reading more than zero books a year. How many are they reading in all? One? Five? Actually, the same poll reveals the average adult reads only four books per year. Half of those people read less than four. If you are one of the non-book readers who feels you ³don¶t need no stinking books´, here are 26 great reasons to start the habit«before you are left behind! 1. Reading is an active mental process ± Unlike TV, books make you to use your brain. By reading, you think more and become smarter. 2. It is a fundamental skill builder - Every good course on the planet has a matching book to go with it. Why? Because books help clarify difficult subjects. Books provide information that goes deeper than just classroom discussion. 3. Improves your vocabulary ± Remember in elementary school when you learned how to infer the meaning of one word by reading the context of the other words in the sentence? You get the same benefit from book reading. While reading books, especially challenging ones,
you can learn almost anywhere too. As a personal example. Reading requires remembering details. I read many. like a muscle. 7. Internet posts or e-Mails that might contain small chunks of information. but who schedules book reading time every day? Very few« That¶s why adding book reading to your daily schedule and sticking to it. Books tell the whole story. if 1 in 4 people don¶t read one book per year. Your feelings about yourself can only get better. 10. 6. 8. Improves memory ± Many studies show if you don¶t use your memory. Since you must concentrate in order to read. then there is a discipline issue. improves discipline. reading books takes brain power. although not a game. It requires you to focus on what you are reading for long periods. people look to you for answers. Improves creativity ± by reading more books and exposing yourself to new and more complete information. Crossword puzzles are an example of a word game that staves off Alzheimer¶s. you become better informed and more of an expert on the topics you read about. facts and figures and in literature. 5. Making time to read is something we all know we should do. Since you are so well read. you lose it. This expertise translates into higher self esteem. themes and characters. helps you stretch your memory muscles in a similar way. Improves concentration and focus ± Like I pointed out before. Learn anywhere ± Books are portable. Gives you a glimpse into other cultures and places ± What is your favorite vacation spot? I would bet you read a lot about that destination. As such. 4. plot lines. Books can expand your horizons by letting you see what other cities and countries have to offer before you visit them. you will get better at concentration. There may be many causes for people not reading books such as the ³quips´ of information you can get on the Internet. . you will also be able to come up with more creative ideas. Improves your discipline ± Obviously. Builds self-esteem ± By reading more books. Unlike magazines. TV is also a major distracter. You can take them almost anywhere. The more information the better. Reading. 9.you will find yourself exposed to many new words you wouldn¶t be otherwise.
It might even make married couples wonder if their marriage is in trouble. I can come up with a creative (smack your head simple) solution that isn¶t written anywhere. 15. If you have a used bookstore nearby. Tip: Once you make reading a habit. you can discuss the stuff you are learning in the business books you are reading as well. you¶ll enjoy reading the books in your chosen career as well.many books on IT Networking. Books are inexpensive entertainment ± What¶s the average price of a movie ticket these days? $8 ± $10? You can buy a paperback for that price and be entertained for many hours more. New mental associations ± I touched on this above. However. 11. The possibilities of sharing are endless. A book on building a business argues that testing an idea for profitability before setting up is a smart strategy and argues against just barreling forward with the idea without testing. Others you will argue against. books have no late-bells or hourly commitments. You too will be able to reason better with the knowledge you gain. So often. . I can combine lessons from all of them into new solutions. 13. you find the solution to others you may not have considered. Regardless. 14. when IT Admins are stumped with a problem. you¶ll be reasoning better. As you read more books the depth and breadth of your knowledge expands and your ability to form new associations increases. Improves your reasoning skills ± Books for professionals contain arguments for or against the actions within. if you read a lot of books. In reading a book to discover the solution to one problem. Some of the arguments will rub off on you. you¶ll always have something to talk about. You can learn at your own pace ± Where formal education requires time commitments. 12. So you can learn at your own pace when you read books. you can get them even cheaper. wife or husband? This can be uncomfortable. A book on cooking argues that Chili powder goes well with beef and goes poorly with ice-cream. But the reason I can do that is because I have read so many books on the subject. Gives you something to talk about ± Have you ever run out of stuff to talk about with your best friend. You can discuss various plots in the novels you read.
Decreased boredom ± One of the rules I have is if I am feeling bored. I¶ve learned facts about biology from reading about chemistry. Decreases mistakes ± Although I would never suggest putting off an important goal because you fear making mistakes. if you¶re bored anyway.As you read more books as a source of information. Reading books on how someone went bankrupt will be a warning to you against repeating their mistakes. When you gather the deep and widewisdom that books can provide. Saves money ± Apart from saving money on entertainment expenses. It was the first step in my path of choosing my own life and being free of old habitual thought patterns. Reading books that help you develop your skills saves money. I¶ve read many great quotes on life and love by reading books on marketing. right? 21. post). Since so many subjects intertwine it¶s almost impossible not to learn something other than the book¶s subject. I¶ve picked up some facts about history while reading about programming. He also said by continuing the same for 5 years you¶ll become an international expert. it is still important to sharpen the saw (link to A. 18. What I¶ve found by sticking to this is that I become interested in the book¶s subject and stop being bored. Handbook to Higher Consciousness. Atlas Shrugged .L. I mean. Can change your life ± How many times have you heard of a book changing someone¶s life? For me. Reading a book on how to build your own backyard deck saves the expense of hiring a contractor. Builds your expertise ± Brian Tracy has said one way to become an expert in your chosen field is to read 100 books on the subject. There are many. A . I will pick up a book and start reading.16. you are less apt to make mistakes. you might as well be reading a good book. With the Internet and blogs. Heck. 19. it was Your Erroneous Zones (link) by Wayne Dyer ± which is the first self-development book I read. 20. It opened my eyes to a whole new way of thinking that was not depressing and dull. many other books out there that have a reputation for changing lives including Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity. you could hone that time down to 2-3 years if you follow through. You¶ll discover surprises . 17. you¶ll learn stuff you weren¶t looking for.
But a slump can be a crossroads. As you become more specialized and learned. you¶ll have less time for the plethora of the digital gadgets begging for our attention. So if you find yourself in a slump. you join a smaller group of more qualified people. By being part of the small few with the highest level knowledge your pay will increase.Many avid readers (including me) unwind by reading. What are some of the most important books you have read? What is the title that changed your life? If you¶ve found a book that made a major change in how you work. The book is always better than the movie ± except for perhaps No Country for Old Men. TV as a source of relaxation is too full of loud commercials and fast moving (often violent) images. You¶ll make more money . you¶ll find yourself drawn into the subject matter. When you find some good books. Can help break a slump ± Being in a slump is uncomfortable. like many others. Gets you away from digital distractions ± If you. Or a slump can be simply a lack of new ideas. You¶ll want to spend more time reading. live or love. If you are a writer. your expertise in that specialty will increase. But you can start in your chosen field and work your way outward. Compared with the person who gets home from work and immediately turns on the TV news. If you are a salesperson. Lord of the Rings and Black Boy to name a few. If relaxation is something you want. turn off the TV or computer and pick up a book. big and small. It¶s simple supply and demand. beeps. please tell us about it in the comments below. Books are a great source of ideas. boops and ringa-dings that burn up our computing lives. But it¶s not just news. then give books a chance.Tree Grows in Brooklyn. 26. . 24.If you make a serious effort to read in your chosen career. 22. you call it writer¶s block. you are going from work stress to crime stress. pick a book on the portion of your life you are slump-ing and get to reading! 23. It might be you are wavering on your commitment to a particular project or (with marriage) person. 25. Reduces stress . By spending more time reading books. feel overwhelmed with the flashing lights. it¶s called ± not making a sale in 23 days.
parenting tips 605 views Add a comment There are many benefits that could be derived from reading good parenting books. 2010. b. November 4. a. 12:22 good parenting.Advantages of Reading Good Parenting Books y y y y Thursday. as your children grow up. if there is any bugging problems. You do not need any handbook on parent guide to carry out parenting neither do you change to better somebody when you gave birth to a girl or boy. Furthermore. One of the advantages of reading good parenting books is that it will help you to manage your home before the arrival of your children and when the children comes. c. It is also advisable to buy good parenting books that will tell you all the necessary things that you will need through out the age one of your child. When you are familiar with the symptoms and the names of all this viruses and sicknesses of your baby or kid and the cure of . There are plenty rewards in reading good parenting books and very plain. you will be able to tackle them even you will be able to identify the problem before it happens. Another advantage that to be derived from reading good parenting books is to know more about children health challenges and how to tackle them. Reading a child rearing books will be of help. Many parents gain the knowledge of their complicated issue in this world through their past encounter on the earth but despite they still need more knowledge in some areas in other to have good parenting. Through this you will have the knowledge of what you will probably pass through and when the need arise. you will know that you are on the right track. they will never disclose any of their questions which is bothering their mind to you in which it could cause fear in the mind of the parents.
. but not all children's book are recommended. Reading good parenting books written by pediatricians and psychologists as you will have enough knowledge medically on how to train and nurture your kids. usually broken down into sections according to age suitability. Independent local children book stores will often offer a wide selection of good quality children's books from leading children's authors and book publishing houses. Books by leading children's authors and publishers can also be bought online for those seeking the convenience of mail order buying.the diseases. d. This will let you know the right proportion of meals that is good for your health and that of your children. It's therefore a perfect time to introduce children to books which educate and inform throughout life. and children may become bored or turned-off reading by some less authoritative works on the market. then your anxiety will not be too high and you will spend less in the hospital on your child¶s medication and medical check ups. Nutrition knowledge is another advantage that could be derived from child rearing books. and it's always best to make time for children to be read or be read to each and every day. A good selection of quality children's books is a very important part of the whole literacy process. With the help of the good parenting books. Some of the high street book shops also have large children's book departments with similarly well stocked children's book departments. Young Children and the Benefits of Reading All official research shows that the early years involve the highest rates of learning. you will be able to prepare a food for your children which they will not be able to resist. and the habits formed at a young age will stay with them for a lifetime. Grabbing a children's book or two at a supermarket check-out is no guarantee of quality. e. Children of any age can benefit from experiencing books on a day to day basis.
They enjoy listening and respond well to books with a simple text or good rhythm. simple images and pictures featured in many baby books. Babies feel comforted by a parents voice. and help provide a useful grounding in listening and reading skills as they grow. and button activated sounds and melody books add sound to the experience. Finally.Here's a few tips when considering books for children of all ages: Baby Books (0-2 years) Children are never too young to enjoy books. bedtime stories are a great way to help send babies off to sleep. It's also about enjoying the interaction with the parents as the child sits with them and enjoys the attention. and help to develop memory skills during repeated tellings of favourite tales. and for babies it's not just about reading the words. Introducing reading to babies sets them on the road to the wonders of the written word. Once old enough to sit up and handle the books themselves they'll enjoy "touchy-feely" books that stimulate the senses with different textures. but also finds interest in the brightly coloured. Toddler Books (2-3 years) . Board books of washable vinyl or washable cloth are particularly useful for babies who enjoy a good chew ! Lift-flap books help in the development of a child dexterity.
as well as the repetitive text of stories that focus on familiar everyday events. but be prepared for some to be torn to shreds ! It's also a good age to learn the basics of language and numbers. it makes them and their friends or family part of the exciting story.any books bought home won't cost a penny ! . books do not have to include words in order to be enjoyable. Favourite characters. They will love browsing around a hushed library looking at books that other children have previously enjoyed. Energetic toddlers can be quite rough when handling the books themselves. Books about the natural world. repeat sounds. knights and fairies are some of the most popular subjects for little boys and girls of pre-school age. mermaids. and reading along to stories and counting books will aid their understanding of words and numbers. and make word plays. Personalised children's books are most appreciated at this age. are a particularly good way of teaching the basics in fun ways they will enjoy. Toddlers often enjoy looking at the same book. Great for building self confidence. such as fairy tales and fact-filled non-fiction books. from the familiar animals and wildlife around them to the more exotic jungle animals are also subjects that stimulate children's minds. Preschooler's Books (3-5 years) Preschool children are often excited to read and learn about the wider world outside of their home. or having the same story read to them over and over again as they anticipate what is on the next page. and titles that introduce an understanding of the alphabet and counting. They also enjoy the interest offered in lift the flap books and pop-up books. and if best of all . don't forget the library ! Your child will enjoy trips to the local library with you and it will add to the fun associated with books and reading. Produced with the child's name and other details included in the printed copy.Toddlers also love the bright colours and images. Stories with a sequence allow children to predict. school. or environment. Preschoolers should experience a variety of different subjects. and it is best to have a few hardboard books for them to play with. They also particularly enjoy children's books with rhythmic or lyrical words. They enjoy listening to slightly more complex texts with more in-depth characters and still enjoy good rhythm and some repetition. and a perfect way to encourage them to begin learning to read by themselves as they'll already know at least one of the words in the book ! Finally. Educational books are also a good idea at this young age. Books on people from different times or other countries arouse their natural curiosity. Pirates. At this young age. Toddlers have the imagination to take picture books and create their own stories around the various pictures in the book. such as those from television programmes. and encourage a hunger to learn more about the subjects featured. telling the time. and even those that provide an easy introduction to a second language can be the books they'll want to read the most.
Education is experienced each and everyday in and outside the classroom. It wasn"tmt luck. be possible? Ind " One may have the knowledge but one should know how to use it. is just the inability of a feeble mind to forcefully express itself.Knowledge is Power. More importantly than what made America the mostpowerful country in the world is why it became the most powerful country. It is said "When you learn more. or coincidence or the fact that they had abundant resources but because they laid a firm foundation for their people by educating them and making them valuable members of the society who could meet the demands of the competing world. making you strong enough to face the cruel world outside. This means a person has the resourcefulness to obtain and criticize useful and informative information in order to become well informed citizens who can make intelligent decisions based upon their understanding and awareness of everyday situations. so keep learning!!. This proves that knowledge is very much a necessity to gain Power. power is said to be the ability or capacity to act or perform effectively. or the use of vulgar language. how can this ability to perform effectively. Does this make them powerful? Is a question that creeps into ones mind? Well. one can never learn too much. Without knowledge. When you look at America"tms rise to power during the past war era it is easy as well as trivial to attribute it to the abundance of natural resources and surplus number of new inventions. Knowledge is ³the state of awareness or understanding gained from experience or study«learning specific information about something. It is something that never ends. but knowledge does not always come with power. It is invariably true that every person who is knowledgeable leads a successful life. There is something new out there to learn each and every minute of your life. A wise man once said:"Cursing. .
. It is not only about gaining a degree or diploma from a well known university but to learn the skills of how to apply the knowledge you have gained in the most productive manner. It develops critical thinkers and broadens and deepens people"tms ability to think. act and increases their productivity. Education plays an important role in promoting a nations economic growth. Education is the key to success is one of the sayings that one hears throughout their college life. as well.you earn more"Education is a crucial part of all societies.
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