5 Reasons to Read

by Ines Quandel

I love reading! A friend taught me to read from Mickey Mouse comic books, or so he claims, sometime around Grade 1. I suspect school may have helped. Since then it’s been my favourite hobby. I got in trouble regularly for staying up well past my bedtime to read, with my nightlight and book hidden under my covers. I still spend most of my time with my nose in a book, gladly putting off whatever other adult-ing I’m meant to be doing. #ConfessionsOfABookworm

I thought it would be fun to write a blog on 5 Reasons for Reading. For my research I typed “5 reasons why reading is good for you” into my web browser. Page 1 brought back a list of eight articles on why reading is good for you, some including 10 reasons, not merely 5.

I conducted some impromptu, and not at all scientific, research to determine the most common reasons why reading is good you.

Here goes the list:

1. Reading increases your knowledge, expands your vocabulary, and improves your memory, your reasoning and your writing skills.

2. Reading reduces your stress and anxiety. It also supposedly helps you sleep, but not if you’re at a really good part of the book at bedtime. See paragraph 1.

3. Reading improves your cognitive abilities, and has shown to delay the symptoms of Alzheimer.

4. Reading books improves your concentration and focus, unlike so many other distractions we encounter these days.

5. Reading improves your empathy.

As attested to by Neil Gaiman who wrote: “Fiction gives us empathy: it puts us inside the minds of other people, gives us the gifts of seeing the world through their eyes. Fiction is a lie that tells us true things, over and over.”

And we shouldn’t forget above all that reading is also fun, and free thanks to our libraries.

Photo by Emily Rudolph on Unsplash

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