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The Importance of Reading.


What’s the most important trait you’d like to develop in your child? If you’re like most parents, intelligence is probably high on your list. We all want bright, clever children. But remember: as a parent, you have the power to boost your children's learning potential simply by making books an integral part of their lives.


9 Reasons Why Reading is good for You!


  1. To Develop Your Verbal Abilities-Although it doesn’t always make you a better communicator, those who read tend to have a more varied range of words to express how they feel and to get their point across. This increases with the more books you read, giving you a higher level of vocabulary to use in everyday life.


  1. Improves Your Focus and Concentration-Unlike texts, blog posts and news articles, sitting down with a book takes long periods of focus and concentration, which at first is hard to do. Being fully engaged in a book involves closing off the outside world and immersing yourself into the text, which over time will strengthen your attention span.


  1. Readers Enjoy The Arts and Improve The World-A recent study explains that people who read for pleasure are many times more likely than those who do not to visit museums and attend concerts, and almost three times as likely to perform volunteer and charity work. Readers are active participants in the world around them.


  1. It Improves Your Imagination-You are only limited by what you can imagine, and the worlds described in books, as well as other people’s views and opinions, will help you expand your understanding of what is possible. By reading a written description of an event or a place, your mind is responsible for creating that image in your head, instead of having the image placed in front of you when you watch television.


  1. Reading Makes You Smarter-Books offer an outstanding wealth of learning and at a much cheaper price than taking a course. Reading gives you a chance to consume huge amounts of research in a relatively short amount of time. Keen readers tend to display greater knowledge of how things work and who or what people were.


  1. It Makes You Interesting -This goes hand in hand with reading to become smarter. Having a library of information that you have picked up from non-fiction reading will come in handy in conversation. You will be able to hold your own and add to the conversation.


  1. It Reduces Stress-A recent study showed that reading reduces stress. Subjects only needed to read, silently, for six minutes to slow down the heart rate and ease tension in the muscles. In fact it got subjects to stress levels lower than before they started.


  1. It Improves Your Memory- Typically, when you read, you have more time to think. Reading gives you a unique pause button for comprehension, but when you watch a film or listen to a tape, you don’t press pause.


  1. For Entertainment- All the benefits mentioned so far are a bonus result of the most important element of reading, which is its entertainment value. Much more enthralling than watching a movie or a TV show (although they have their many benefits as well), a good book can keep us amused while developing our life skills!