We all know that reading regularly can boost your vocabulary, your world awareness and improves your attention and focus skills, but that’s probably not a good enough reason for your children or teenagers to pick up a good book. Here are some reasons you can use to encourage young people to read that you might not have thought of before.
- Reading can build your self-esteem
From infancy through to adulthood, being read to or reading ourselves allows us to learn about the world. The more that we learn, the greater our knowledge about a particular area becomes, people may come to you for answers about that topic and this can boost your self-esteem.
- Reading can help reduce stress
Taking time out and reading a favourite book rather than watching TV or playing a game can help organize your thoughts, allow you to focus and attend to something other than the source of your stress. Think about the comfort of reading to a child at bedtime to help relax, focus their attention and put the energy of the day behind them. This effect can be the same for all of us!
- Reading can help you earn more and become successful
This one’s for the teenagers looking for financial freedom: if you focus your reading on a particular area and develop your expertise, then you become more marketable and can demand a higher salary! It’s simple supply and demand.
- Reading can save you time
It can feel like something done to pass by time on a tedious long journey, but literature is actually an ultimate time-saver — because it gives us access to a range of emotions and events that would usually take you years, decades, millennia to experience directly. Literature is the greatest reality simulator — a machine that puts you through infinitely more situations than you can ever directly witness. It helps that your imagination is stimulated, forcing you to create as you read.
- Reading can change your life
Certain books can have a ‘life affirming’ effect on an individual which may encourage them to make life changing decisions, such as pursuing a new career, moving to a new country or starting or ending a relationship. It can help people manage their depression, help reduce feelings of isolation and ‘I’m the only one’.
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2) This is a great comprehensive toolkit to help you move throughout the stages of reading
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