Partially in response to people who think watching cartoons or reading comics is a waste of time, or to those soulsearching as to a purpose in their life, I will share 2 of my positive experiences with the mediums of anime and manga.
Motivating interesting in a physical activity - Just like Eyeshield 21 reminded me why I loved to watch football, watching Slam Dunk really brought back my passion for the game of Basketball. Ever since I began watching it I've been incorporating playing Bball more into my daily workout. I imagine this can work with almost any sports-themed anime/manga
Motivation to learn a language - My interest in Japanese language and culture was also provoked by anime and manga, as I'm sure is the case with many people who really decide to study the language. If all goes well, I should be doing a year internship next year in Tokyo or Kyoto.
So anyone w/ positive stories, share your experiences! (and stay posi)