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Learn to Love to Read

Updated on September 5, 2011

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.


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      truthfornow 6 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Thank you epigramman. I am glad to be following you and reading your great works.

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ..just reading this hub made me smarter - and wiser - and as Bob used to sing back in the sixties - The times they are a changin' - people don't seem to read anymore, they text - lol lol - check out one of my recent poems about that particular subject of horror - and yes I love your probing mind - you are a real hubtreat - a special word made up for the occcasion for someone special like you! And thank you for your endorsement of my humble little hubspace - coming from a great writer and mind like you - that really means a lot!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Great article. I remember when i read everything in sight, now with Hubpages, my reading is mostly comments.. I remember all of the great books i've read in the past. Thank you.. Voted up....

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      truthfornow 6 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      It is sad to me that kids these days don't know about the joy of reading a good book.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Great message TFN - reading is so important, but with all the other forms of entertainment and distractions now I think that reading has really lost its appeal to many people. There is nothing like escaping into a great story for an afternoon... and I think that if children learn to appreciate books and reading early then school will be so much smoother for them! Rated up and useful!

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      truthfornow 6 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Thank you Lucky Cats!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hi there Truth! YES!!! Yes! I LOVE to read and I am always reading...never without a book. And,'s always been a pleasure, an escape, fuel for fantasy, imagination, vicarious experiences...reading is a GIFT! LOVE it love it love it!!! Thank you for this GREAT hub about the value and wonder and positive benefits of reading! UP Awesome Useful Interesting!!!