Learn to Love to Read
Does anyone read anymore? I know people that have never read an entire book in their whole lives. Does that make them bad people? No. But, they are really missing out. The benefits of learning to love to read at an early age can last a lifetime. A genuine love for reading improves your schoolwork, keeps you mind from going to mush and can turn you into one smart cookie. While reading a good old fashioned novel might seem a bit passé in the days of our advanced modern technology where we surf the Internet to find the answers to our burning questions and generate hours of text messages as our primary form of communication with others, reading can provide countless benefits that we should not be so quick to dismiss.
Benefits of Loving to Read
- School: Loving to read is a valuable asset for all children. Reading for assignments and doing research come with more ease, making school less of a chore. Students who enjoy reading learn to read quickly and effectively and find that the many pages of assigned reading for classes go by with a breeze instead of a dread.
- Improved communication skills: Loving to read often translates into improved writing skills. Being a good reader means that you know and understand how to put sentences together, improving your ability to communicate through the written word.
- Active mind: Reading is a very active and mental process, unlike watching television. Activities that are good for keeping the mind active work to improve your cognitive function, keeping your mind sharp by improving memory and warding off dementia.
- Makes your smarter: Reading can broaden your horizons, teaching you about different cultures, past and historical happenings and other unfamiliar experiences and events. As a result, your knowledge bank increases and before you know it you are one wise and worldly individual.
- Critical thinker: Reading helps you become a critical thinker of all the information that crosses your path. Much of what is posted online may or may not be true. You learn to evaluate and analyze what you read with a critical eye, recognizing flaws in logic and statements that are made with little to no evidential support.
- Expert in your field: In addition to increasing your knowledge, reading can help you become an expert in your field. Reading allows you to learn from others. Want to be the best computer programmer? Read about it. Learn about what everyone else has done and what is still out there for you to do that is unique and pioneering. A general love of reading can translate into loving to read about what you do or want to do in your life. Pretty soon you will be the expert in your field.
- Creativity: Reading can get your creative juices flowing. Knowing more and learning more can help inspire you to think more creativity on your next project.
So, if you don’t already love to read, please give it a try. Reading can be a pretty cheap form of entertainment. No need to order books from Amazon or purchase a Kindle. Visit your local library. Books can still be checked out for free, so take advantage. Share and trade the good books you read with your friends and coworkers. Find something you enjoy reading about and start there. Read to your children while they are babies, so they can develop a love for reading. They will thank you as adults.