Reading Books Develops The Mind
Reading books is good for your mind and is a vital skill that every human being should develop. With this new age of information, people’s reading habits have become fragmented to some degree by bite-size nuggets of text messages and social media.
The culture of reading is a powerful tool for every one of us. It helps us build knowledge and vocabulary and also develops our capacity for internal reflection. This quote by Henry Giles inspires me a lot it says “The silent influence of books, is a mighty power in the world and there is a joy in reading them known only to those who read them with desire and enthusiasm. Silent, passive, and noiseless though they be, they yet set in action countless multitudes, and change the order of nations.
Books are powerful and transformational. Reading them will save you from poverty, stress, depression and isolation. Reading is important because it develops the mind. The mind is a muscle. It needs exercise. Understanding the written word is one way the mind grows in its ability. Teaching your children to read helps them to develop their language skills and helps them learn to listen.
Books, magazines and even the Internet are great learning tools which require the ability to read and understand what is read. It also helps you to educate yourself in any area of life you are interested in. We live in an age where we overflow with information, but reading is the main way to take advantage of it and discover new things.
Reading helps you develop your imagination in that you can be transported to any part of the world or even to other planets. The possibilities are endless. Non-readers never get to experience the joy of being lost in another person’s world. Reading also develops the creative side of people.
Reading books is fundamental in developing a good self image. Nonreaders or poor readers often have low opinions of themselves and their abilities. Many times they feel as if the world is against them. They feel isolated and behavioral problems can surface. Many students perform poorly in their exams because they cannot read and understand the material. Ensure that your children have access to books and literacy resources that inspire them to read and learn in order to reach their full potential.
There is an old saying, "The pen is mightier than the sword." Ideas written down have changed the destiny of men and nations for better or worse. Only by reading can we be armed in this never-ending struggle.
Some governments oppose freedom of speech because what is said or written is powerful enough to pull them down. Uneducated, illiterate people are easier to control and manipulate because they cannot do their own research and thinking. They must rely on what they are told and their emotions are easily swayed.
Reading is important because words spoken and written are the building blocks of life. You are the result of words that you have heard or read and believed about yourself. What you become in the future will depend on the words you believe about yourself now and the knowledge you have acquired your entire life.
By Hilda Oti