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Reading and Lifelong Learning: Fountains of Youth & Wealth?

That’s what research tells us about reading even just a few minutes a day and engaging in the lifelong pursuit of education.

A Harvard Business Review article entitled Lifelong Learning Is Good for Your Health, Your Wallet, and Your Social Life discusses some of the benefits of this pursuit. “The links between formal education and lifetime earnings are well studied and substantial”, the article states. But this only refers to formal education. Here’s what we know: as advantageous as formal education is, it isn’t enough. What do we mean by that?

Formal education provided by our school systems does not teach us how to manage our lives or our relationships, how to master our emotions, how to overcome our fears, how to develop compassion/gratitude/forgiveness, or how to engage in that universal quest for enlightenment – to ‘know thyself’.

In addition to our Transformational Programs, Yoga and Meditation and Retreats pages, this Books and Media page is designed to do just that: to provide you the additional ‘education’ you need to truly succeed in life – personally, financially, spiritually and socially; to equip you with the tools you need to live a life of exceptional quality and to make a positive impact on society.

“I’d rather use CD’s and DVD’s than read a book”, you might say. Ok. In addition to books, choose from an abundance of online courses and digital formats, tailored to your learning style and making it easier than ever before to develop the habit of lifelong learning.

Harry S. Truman, our 33rd president, famously said: “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers”. What did Harry Truman know that many do not? Reading plays a critical role in leadership as well as in life in general. Here are 7 ways that readers and lifelong learners simply live better. 

1. Reading and lifelong learning improve your expertise and your income.

As already stated, with higher levels of formal education you have a much better chance to earn more money over your lifetime. With the additional ‘real life’ education provided by the programs and books you will find on our site, you will increase those chances even more.

An example is the leadership and business programs offered by the famous entrepreneur, business and life strategist Tony Robbins. On this page, you’ll find an affiliate link How Do You Get To The Next Level where you will see in his Store many programs designed to help leaders, entrepreneurs and salespeople skyrocket their influence and their income.

2. Reading inspires you and elevates you above your current situation.

How? Inspiring books give you fresh ideas and new ways of looking at things. Programs and inspiring books offered here provide you the tools you need to live, not just an ordinary life, but an extraordinary life. A great example on this page is an affiliate link to Hay House, the international leader in inspirational and self-help publishing.

Reading and lifelong learning expands your awareness in every area of life. For those seeking this in a spiritual sense, this link to DharmaCrafts, has a Meditation Supplies section, where you’ll discover Books, Audio, Media about meditation and spirituality.  Buddha Groove also has books on mindfulness and meditation in their Mind section, under Books & Media.

3. Reading multiplies your life experiences.

Why learn everything the hard way? For many things in life, someone else has already been there and done that, so why not learn from them?

For example, do you want to know more about relationships before you go any deeper into one? Try the link Live With Passion that will take you to Tony Robbins’ Create A long-Lasting Passionate Relationship program and learn about the incredible transformations other couples have experienced.

4. Reading and lifelong learning increases and satisfies your curiosity, exercises your imagination, and makes you a more interesting person to be around.

Ok – that was a mouthful, but it’s all true. Curious about art, religion or cultures around the world? About history, science or technology? The human body, your garden or how to do anything? This is what distinguishes the human species from any other. Your interests, what you read and learn: this is what makes you so unique, so interesting. Not only will you have a deep sense of fulfillment, but the value you can now provide others by improving yourself is incalculable. They can learn from you, be inspired by you, or simply enjoy your company. Either way, you’ll not only make a difference in your own life, you’ll make a positive difference in the lives of others.

5. Lifelong learning is good for your brain.

Studies show that regularly learning something new is good for the brain, reduces stress levels, improves your memory and can delay cognitive decline as we age. A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences notes that older people who read regularly are 2½ times less likely to have Alzheimer’s, thereby preserving quality of life.

What’s also interesting is research that shows reading has a different impact on the brain than watching a DVD or listening to an audio. The workout your brain receives from reading requires greater concentration. The more you read, the better you’re able to spot patterns, which helps to build analytical thinking skills. According to an article in Oprah.com, “reading is more neurobiologically demanding than processing images or speech. . . Typically, when you read, you have more time to think. Reading gives you a unique pause button for comprehension and insight."

And remember this: reading to your children instills in them the love of learning, the enjoyment of the story, and increases the bond between parent and child.

6. Reading is therapeutic.

What’s the purpose of a mini-vacation? Rest, relaxation, de-stress, right? So go for it. Find something to read just for the fun of it. Disengage from ‘reality’ for a few minutes, or an hour. You, and the world, will be better off when you return in a better mood – refreshed, recovered and recharged.

7. Reading allows you to spend time with incredible people, visit incredible places - and learn empathy.

Reading about other people and other cultures increases your understanding of others and helps you learn to empathize. Whether the authors are dead or alive; by or about spiritual, social or business leaders; or about ordinary people doing extraordinary things – get excited, get inspired, read a book today and every day! Make the time because it’s worth the time.

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