Do you remember the last time you took the time to sit back and relax with a good book? Over the last few years, schools have become increasingly concerned and are considering eliminating homework and replacing it with a reading period. This would be a very thoughtful decision since daily reading offers several benefits that should not be overlooked. Whether it’s an article in your favorite magazine, a novel, a newspaper article, or whatever, you should strongly consider giving yourself a few minutes of reading per day, and here’s why:
- First, know that reading stimulates your brain. Indeed, it is very important to keep our brain active and to make it work every day, and it’s even truer as we get older! Studies have shown that daily reading can slow down or even stop the spread of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. So that’s a great reason to spend 20 minutes a day reading!
- Second, it is obvious that the more you indulge in reading the more you increase your level of general knowledge. Indeed, reading allows you to be more informed and more knowledgeable, after all, as BB King said ”The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.” By learning you invest in yourself, and that is something no one will ever be able to take it from you.
- Third, you can increase your vocabulary. By reading, you find yourself exposed to new words. Readers often have a much more developed vocabulary. That said, the communication skills, both oral and written, are increased. Richer vocabulary will dramatically improve your writing skills and your ability to express yourself orally.
- You can also develop your communication skills in a second language through reading. Of course, by reading in another language, you will be exposed to the context and the way that the author use the words. This will allow you to develop your understanding of a second language.
- Reading also allows you to expand your memory. It goes without saying that a novel contains several small details useful to history. Now, when you read a novel, you will retain all these little details, which will solidify your short term memory.
- In addition, reading has an impact on concentration. It is true that when you read all your attention is drawn to the story. The reading periods thus have very positive impacts on your level of concentration. We are in the age of multitasking where our bosses expect us to be more and more alert and productive. You will be surprised at the impact a daily reading period will have on your level of concentration at work.
- Finally, know that reading helps to decrease stress and to regulate blood pressure. Indeed, it is impressive to see how a simple book has the power to transport us into a totally different world. This allows you to forget the daily routine a few moments and relax.
These are 7 good reasons to give you a reading period every day. If you have any questions regarding Miramichi Adult Learning programs, please contact us by phone at 1-506-778-6998, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.