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Reasons To Read

The world’s a demanding place. Shouldn’t you be doing something more useful than having your nose stuck in a book?

Here’s a nice short video from good folks at The School of Life that gives you the answers you need, next time somebody asks you that loaded question. They give four good reasons as to why reading is just about the best possible way to spend your time.

Their four reasons to read are:

  • It saves you time
    Literature is the ultimate time-saver — giving access to emotions and events you couldn’t otherwise experience.
  • It makes you a better person
    You learn too look not at, but actually though, someone else’s point of view, often kindly, generous, sympathetic people.
    And literature questions the dominant value system, the one that rewards money and power, making make us sympathetic to ideas and feelings that can’t afford airtime in a commercialized, status-conscious, and cynical world.
  • It’s a cure for loneliness
    In the best books, it’s as if the writer knows us better than we know ourselves — they find the words to describe the fragile, weird, special experiences of our inner lives and give us maps to our own selves, so we feel understood and affirmed
  • It prepares you for failure
    One of our greatest fears is of failure, of becoming, as the tabloids put it, “a loser.” A lot of literature is also about failure (no conflict, no story) but great books don’t judge harshly or one-dimensionally.

Literature deserves its prestige because it help us live and die with more sanity, goodness and wisdom. Now go read a good book!

About me
Irish indie author, Orna Ross, wants everyone to “go creative” -- apply the creative process to life, love, work, money… all. She writes and publishes novels, poetry and the Go Creative! books and blog, all of which foster what she calls “creativism”. Orna is also Founder-Director of the non-profit association for self-publishers, the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) and the online author conference, the Indie Author Fringe. Since 2013, she has been named “One of 100 most influential people in publishing” by publishing trade magazine, The Bookseller. Tweet her: @ornaross.
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Reasons To Read

The world’s a demanding place. Shouldn’t you be doing something more useful than having your nose stuck in a book?

Here’s a nice short video from good folks at The School of Life that gives you the answers you need, next time somebody asks you that loaded question.

They give four good reasons as to why reading is just about the best possible way to spend your time.

Their four reasons to read are:

IT SAVES YOU TIME
Literature is the ultimate time-saver — giving access to emotions and events you couldn’t otherwise experience.

IT MAKES YOU A BETTER PERSON
You learn too look not at, but actually though, someone else’s point of view, often kindly, generous, sympathetic people.
And literature questions the dominant value system, the one that rewards money and power, making make us sympathetic to ideas and feelings that can’t afford airtime in a commercialized, status-conscious, and cynical world.

IT’S A CURE FOR LONELINESS
In the best books, it’s as if the writer knows us better than we know ourselves — they find the words to describe the fragile, weird, special experiences of our inner lives and give us maps to our own selves, so we feel understood and affirmed

IT PREPARES YOU FOR FAILURE
One of our greatest fears is of failure, of becoming, as the tabloids put it, “a loser.” A lot of literature is also about failure (no conflict, no story) but great books don’t judge harshly or one-dimensionally.

Literature deserves its prestige because it help us live and die with more sanity, goodness and wisdom.

Now go read a good book!

About me
Irish indie author, Orna Ross, wants everyone to “go creative” -- apply the creative process to life, love, work, money… all. She writes and publishes novels, poetry and the Go Creative! books and blog, all of which foster what she calls “creativism”. Orna is also Founder-Director of the non-profit association for self-publishers, the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) and the online author conference, the Indie Author Fringe. Since 2013, she has been named “One of 100 most influential people in publishing” by publishing trade magazine, The Bookseller. Tweet her: @ornaross.
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