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Why and How You Should Find Time to Read

As a kid, I was exposed to a strong reading culture. Although my parents were not well educated, they clearly understood the importance of reading and our house was full of books. I remember visiting friends’ houses and being amazed at how little books they had around!

The benefits of reading are enormous, and we could probably come up with hundreds, but for me, there are a few benefits that really stand out. Let’s talk about the benefits and then I’ll discuss how to fit reading into your busy, non-stop life.

    1. Reading broadens your horizon – it gives you access to new perspectives and ideas. It can give you a whole new way of seeing things.









I suppose most of us would agree that reading is a beneficial thing, but making time for reading can be a real challenge. Here are a few things I’ve found useful in trying to build this rewarding habit.

So the first bit of advice I would give for really getting into a serious reading habit is – switch off the computer! Pick up a real book, sit down and start to read.









It’s a shame that our education systems so often turn kids off books, but if you’re enjoying reading, then you’re likely to keep doing it, so go and find a book you love!

Written on 3/31/2010 by Mark Harrison. Mark Harrison writes about personal growth, communication, and increasing personal wealth. Check out his new book, Thirty Days to Change Your Life. Photo Credit: Jayel Aheram
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