The Benefits of Reading

readaloudIf I have one addiction, it has to be reading. I’ve mentioned before that some of my first memories are of my mother reading books to me and my sisters and brothers at night. It’s not surprising that I became a dedicated reader at a very young age.

I’m still a dedicated reader, even though I spend hours every day writing. Lucky for me, reading is a good thing to be hooked on. Sleep experts say that if you read before you go to bed, you’re more likely to let go of your stresses and sleep well with a peaceful mind. According to this online article, this only works with a print book, but I don’t agree. I read print books, and I also read ebooks. But my ereader is a Kindle 3, and the first three Kindles have “the same sharp typeface and high contrast that reads like ink on paper with no eyestrain.”

placesOther pluses the article mentions is that reading boosts your brain power and helps fight off Alzheimer’s. It makes you more empathetic. It relaxes you (by as much as 68%!) and you learn new things by reading. And reading can be contagious. If an adult reads to children, the children are more likely to read. (That was not the case with my son, nor was it for my older brother or two sisters. However, a couple of years ago, my older brother started reading fiction for enjoyment, so it just took him longer.)

One of my favorite reading benefits is that fictional stories take me into worlds I’ve never been before and opens my mind, sometimes changing my thoughts. And sometimes just making me think and feel –Ā which is what I hope to achieve with my books.

Here’s a favorite quote on reading:

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”Ā ~Dr. Seuss

What’s your favorite reading benefit?

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4 Responses to The Benefits of Reading

  1. Mary Hughes says:

    Hi, Edie,

    What a great post! I love reading for multiple reasons. Because it has multiple benefits. I can learn while I relax plus I might get a laugh or two šŸ™‚ Thanks for the post. What a great way to start my week!

  2. Great post about reading! šŸ™‚

    My mom used to take me to our local library every week to get books. I think that’s one of the main reasons that I eventually became a writer.
    Jennifer Estep`s last blog was …Mythos Academy coloring book to be released in Germany on Oct. 4 ā€¦

    • Edie Ramer says:

      Thanks, Jennifer! So glad you had a library nearby, because you are an amazing writer.

      My mom used to take us to the library, too. In the beginning, she took us to the bookmobile, which I think came once a week, and stopped a block from our house. The books for children my age were on the bottom shelves by the front of the bus. I would sit or crouch (probably with my butt in the air) on the bus floor to pick my books. I loved the bookmobile! And then the city finally built a library near our house, and that was a big thing, too.

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