10 reasons why
people should read everyday
1. Improves Your Focus and Concentration Unlike 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.
3. Expand VocabularyExperts advise people, and most importantly students, to indulge in at least half an hour of reading a day to expose themselves to numerous styles of writing and to learn new vocabulary. An improved vocabulary is the most obvious outcome of a strongly established habit of reading because “[w]hile reading books, especially challenging ones, you will find yourself exposed to many new words you wouldn’t be otherwise.” (Isaac). The editor at PicktheBrain.com claims that when reading “the classics”, one comes across words that are no longer commonly used; he states that “[h]aving a bigger vocabulary is like having a tool box with more tools. A larger arsenal of words enables one to express themself more eloquently.” (10 Ways to Improve). The way this works is that by reading out loud at a young age, we become exposed to proper grammar and pronunciation and while looking at the words, our minds are able to both comprehend and store the information. When reading, “[e]ven when [we may not] understand every new word, [we] absorb something from the context that may deepen [our] understanding of it the next time the word is encountered.” (Freedman-De Vito). Our brains work similar to a sponge, they soak up every bit of knowledge we encounter and store it for future use.
5. Reading is a fundamental skill that is key to a child’s success later in life.