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Ask not what you can do for books, but what books can do for you

“Reading is the key that unlocks the mind …

Reading is the building block to learning and helps to teach positive values which are good for a healthy mind. A book can teach you about the mysteries that life holds. Through reading you can become what you want to be in life.

We read to discipline our mind to behave in a particular way, to fill the mind with knowledge, skills, attitude and experience, to calm the mind in times of stress, conflict and tension, to recreate the mind for relaxation and enjoyment.

Reading helps improve your vocabulary, your concentration, your communication skills, and your ability to understand things and situations.
Reading inspirational stories can give you the motivation you need. In times of misfortune, or if you are in low spirits, just pick up a motivational book and it will provide comfort. A book is a friend which can give you positive and uplifting direction in life.

… if you read on a regular basis it can help you to relax and quieten your mind which in turn can help you reduce your stress levels No matter how much stress you have at work, in your personal relationships, or countless other issues, it all slips away when you engage yourself in reading


What else you gain by reading: fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=277230

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Reading = Personal Growth

“According to psychologists, there are two types of mindsets in the world; one, fixed and the other, growth. Those with a fixed mindset believe that their qualities are all pre-determined and they tend to live proving their stagnant beliefs instead of disapproving or building the possibility for a positive change in their talents, behaviours or attitudes. A growth mindset is one that accepts failures as well as challenges without losing hope. It believes that intelligence is not decided at birth but cultivated over time.”

Reading books opens minds.

More on the mamy benefits of reading, including weight loss, creativity, mind flexibility: http://www.onlymyhealth.com/reading-reduces-waistline-no-kidding-1397729297

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The redeeming power of literature

“New research by Stanford’s Joshua Landy , associate professor of French and Italian, illustrates how authors throughout the ages have sought to improve mental skills like rational thinking and abstract thought by leading their readers through a gantlet of mental gymnastics.

In contrast to the common practice of mining fictional works for moral messages and information, Landy’s theory of fiction, outlined in his new book, “How to Do Things with Fictions,” presents a new reason for reading in an age when the patience to tackle challenging pieces of writing has dwindled tremendously.

Reading fiction “does not make us better people in the moral sense, whether by teaching us lessons, making us more empathetic or training us to handle morally complex situations,” said Landy.

However, for those interested in fine-tuning their intellectual capacities, Landy said literary works of fiction can offer “a new set of methods for becoming a better maker of arguments, a better redeemer of one’s own existence, a person of stronger faith or a person with a quieter mind.”

More: http://paloalto.patch.com/articles/fiction-books-give-a-boost-to-the-brain-says-stanford-professor


Everybody is a storyteller

“We are, as a species, addicted to story. Even when the body goes to sleep, the mind stays up all night, telling itself stories,” declares Jonathan Gottschall in the preface to his recent book The Storytelling Animal.

Just as pilots train on a computerized flight simulator, so do humans learn to deal with life situations by practicing them through the medium of stories:

“Through stories we learn about human culture and psychology, without the potentially staggering costs of having to gain this experience firsthand”. It is because stories help us rehearse how to deal with life’s potential problems … 

Because the purpose of stories is to teach us about life, the job of our storytelling mind is to make sense of what happens in the world around us.

But if our experiences don’t contain obvious meaning and purpose, our mind will fill in what’s missing from those experiences so as to create a meaningful story:

“If the storytelling mind cannot find meaningful patterns in the world, it will try to impose them. In short, the storytelling mind is a factory that churns out true stories when it can, but will manufacture lies when it can’t”.

According to Gottschall, the stories our minds create serve one overarching purpose: They make society work better by defining and inculcating a sense of morality. … Even literary works contribute to teaching morality:  “Fiction almost never gives us morally neutral presentations of violence. When the villain kills, his or her violence is condemned. When the hero kills, he or she does so righteously. Fiction drives home the message that violence is acceptable only under clearly defined circumstances—to protect the good and the weak from the bad and the strong”. He cites newly emerging research suggesting that reading fiction affects people’s brain functioning and thereby helps shape their outlooks and attitudes; he notes that reading nonfiction does not produce the same results.”

More: http://metapsychology.mentalhelp.net/poc/view_doc.php?type=book&id=6527&cn=139

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