The Benefits of Reading

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Everything great that ever happened in this world happened first in somebody’s imagination – Astrid Lindgren, Swedish author.

The benefits of reading are fundamental to the way we learn, accumulate knowledge and express ourselves as human beings.

When we read we learn about ourselves and others.

We become better at relating to and understanding other people. Hence, a reader may be more opt to have a higher sense of empathy for other fellow human beings. Empathy is part of our emotional intelligence and will help us to be patient and tolerant with others, and more easily see things from other people’s perspectives.

Reading improves our vocabulary.

There is a difference between the words we use when we speak, and the words we use when we write. When we read we become exposed to more types of words than when we don’t read. Therefore we develop and expand our vocabulary, and consequently learn to express ourselves in a more detailed and more purposeful manner. Instead of saying: ‘I saw a dog’, we would say, for example : ‘ I saw a Pug puppy ‘. Instead of saying: ‘ I would like to eat some good food and drink a glass of wine’, we would say : ‘I am longing to eat a delicious chicken ciorba with a hot chili, a red onion and smantana. To that a fresh glass of white Jidvei wine ‘. We are more capable of making distinct choices of words and at the same time articulate our needs better. When we read we become better at describing people, places and situations in an accurate way.

Our self esteem grows with the achieved expressive vocabulary.

We will be more confident to speak in front of other people and make ourselves heard. When this is the case we can more meaningfully take charge of our own lives and we can invite people to work for common causes, with us.

We become solution finders by reading.

When we are exposed to problems in a fictive story, we use our cognitive skills to find creative solutions. This helps us in real life, when we think of how to overcome challenges. Imagining solutions also make us more innovative. If we grow an innovating mindset , we will be more apt to solve problems in society and in our communities. Our imagination is stimulated when we read, and the door to dreaming big is swung open, when we read fictive stories. This helps us to explore who we are , our talents and find our purposes in life.

Reading helps us practice endurance.

Reading is not a quick fix and we have to be concentrated when we read. A better concentration assists us to focus better, stick to our goals and be more resilient. Resilience is important, so that we don’t give up on a dream or a plan. Setting high goals for ourselves and our communities, is the number one factor when it comes to development, according to Professor John Hattie, re-known researcher in the field of education.

Reading is like a work-out for your brain.

It takes your analysing skills to the next level and you can identify situations quicker, hence make more accurate decisions. Reading helps you to achieve a better memory and reduces stress. Reading before bedtime will make you calmer and relaxed.

Better writer.

When you read you are exposed to infinite creative ways of expressing oneself. By being stimulated by expressive texts yourself, you may as well become the next big poet , because reading also makes you a better writer.


When you read you become a better storyteller. Us human beings have always been storytellers, ever since we could express ourselves with cave paintings some 30 – 40.000 years ago. When you are an eloquent storyteller chances are high that you will be listened to, taken seriously, and in this way may be one of the people who can imagine a better world and will pave the way and change the world to a better place.

Yvette Larsson

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