I don’t know if the following description resonates with you, but it certainly does for me. Have you ever heard this? Someone says “I want this book, I want that book, I want this catalogue here too. I must have it; it is relevant to my work, my world, my life, and whatnot. Oh, and this article here is very interesting, very important too. I’ve been looking for this for a long time. OK, let me save it to Pocket, to this and to that…so I can remember. I’ll read it later…” But time marches cruelly on, and that person never reads that book or that article. Or perhaps they do, but not much as they want.
Then that person becomes defensive: “I have things to do, you know, I’m not free, I need to do this, to do that, and blah, blah…” That person has all the time in the world to come up with all the reasons to lash back at self-criticism. Well, if this sounds familiar, don’t worry! You’re not alone, we have been there, done that…again and again. Is that because we don’t know the importance of reading? No, we surely do! But why then does this happen so often? Enough. Let’s talk about the benefits of reading.
Below is a display board full of reading benefits I saw at my local library this month. I thought they could motivate us to keep reading more. You might find some or all that may explain why you read.
So, these are ten benefits nicely put together in one place. Reading is good for health, tranquility, mental stimulation, improved concentration, better writing skills, free entertainment, knowledge, memory improvement, vocabulary expression, stress reduction, and analytical thinking skills. For me, some of the benefits on the board explain why I read. They motivate me to keep reading every day. These days I find reading is good mental stimulation and can be very interesting as well. Another bonus, now that there is a science-backed finding of reading that can help fight Alzheimer’s and dementia. I am going to read more just for that for sure. We all read for different reasons, right? How about you? I asked my eight-year son this, and his answer was a quick “I don’t know.” But I am sure you know what yours are.
Please remember that there are more benefits of reading than the ones put up on the board above. Some people just read because it can help them sleep. And at a broader level, reading helps people engage more in social affairs or activities (voting and volunteering are just a few among those).
Is there anything missing that you should add? Leave it in the comment section below.