5 Reasons Why Reading Is Important

Reading is important

I remember being reminded constantly by my parents as well as my teachers about why reading was important. Now as an adult, I realize reading is important and that they were correct in instilling this in me.  Although the media and technology has made it so much easy for us but nothing can replace reading.

 Here are 5 reasons why reading is important.

1. Reading improves your imagination and creativity

Reading exposes you to a world of imagination. Imagination which is also called the faculty of imagining is the ability to form new images and sensations in the mind. It is said that are not perceived through senses such as sight, hearing, or other senses showing you nothing is impossible in this world. Reading helps you explore a different perspective and how different actions leads to different result. People who read a lot are adding more to their knowledge base and thus structuring new solutions and answers.

2. Reading helps with linking your brain

Our brain which is functions as the coordinating center of sensation and intellectual activity is being linked to an author. It appears possible that reading can improve the “connectivity” between the various brain circuits that are essential to understanding the written word. It is said that simply reading a good novel can keep that enhanced “connectivity” working for days, and possibly longer, after we have finished the book.

3. Reading improves your understanding

The more you read, the more you understand one thing. If you are reading about snakes and their habits, you will get to know which snakes are harmful and which are not. You will learn about what happens if you get bitten by a harmful snake. Reading also increases the understanding of the rules of life, in order for you to adapt, adopt, accommodate, assimilate, and acculturate into the society better. To play well in a game, you first need to understand the rules well. Reading also helps you understand the world, its various cultures, customs, and traditions. So when you meet people from other countries etc., you have a better understanding of them.

4. Reading improves your communication

Communication is the most important tool which can be transmitted through reading. As you communicate through reading, you comprehend more, and thus you can communicate better with people. As with a person that knows nothing, he/she hasn’t had anything to share, and he/she probably doe not even understand what people are sharing. Through reading, you form a more solid foundation for communication. It is one of the most important tools we use every day to connect with people. if you don’t read, you can’t even connect with the world and what people are talking about out there. Reading connects you with the world.

5. Reading teaches you new things

Through reading, you expose yourself to new things, new information, new ways to solve problems, and new ways to achieve one thing. Who knows – you might discover your new hobby. Who knows – you might actually explore one thing you really like and it may end up becoming your career and success in the future. Exploration, probing, and examining begin from reading and understanding.

The early reminder of our parents and teachers that reading is important should be conveyed to our children and grandchildren. I hope we will not replace reading with other activities that will prevent us from reading. The 5 reasons in this post are compelling enough to conclude that reading is important and to make reading part of our lives. Happy reading!

If you would like to leave your personal review or experience or you have any questions, please do leave them below. I would love to hear your feedback!

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10 thoughts on “5 Reasons Why Reading Is Important”

  1. Hi Rodney! I really don’t like reading. Especially if it is a long book, I easily lose my focus and attention to it. However it is just recent that I learned reading is really important. I like the part when you pointed out that reading teaches you new things. This is a great thing because as we grow we need to develop every aspect of our life right? Thanks for this informative post. I will definitely give more time in reading from now on.

    1. Thank you, John. Reading definitely teaches us new things and it develops every aspect of our life. Try reading a few minutes each day, it will contribute to a better you. All the best!

  2. I really enjoyed reading your post on the benefits of reading. I agree with all the topics you hit on especially point 3, 4, and 5. It is very important to read, and not just as a child but as an adult as well.

    I would also have to say that reading also helps you become a better writer. As you read different styles and understand the significance, you can incorporate them into your own writing as needed.

    1. Thank you, Debra. Sometimes we feel that reading stops when we are no longer children and no longer in school. It helps us in all areas of our lives including writing.

  3. Hello there Rodney , I remember the exact same advice from my mother when I was a kid.Hopefully I was amazed by books and I was reading like a maniac.

    I was reading almost everything as I was growing , from books to magazines , newspapers .. everything.Still I am reading all the time.I can’t express how much it helped me.

    Nice breakdown of the benefits , reading is opening new horizons for the mind.

    I really can’t think of any reason that could point reading as a bad feeling … unless someone is reading how to kill or how to deceit people.

    Thanks for a nice read.

    1. Hi Tasos,

      How can we argue with our mothers? Almost every advice they gave us, they were right and your mother’s advice is correct even today. We are who we are largely because of their advice. Thank you for your comments. Happy reading!

  4. this is one of the greatest niches and articles! i used to read every day in my life since school ..i spent my vacation in the libraries ..i bought books and novels and read them by the beach,..and i still like and enjoy reading but whole revolution of the internet and social media took a lot of the time that i used to spent on my reading !!
    i wish i could return back to my reading habits!

    1. Hi Sarah,

      Thank you for your comments. So good to know that you read a lot over the years. I do agree with you that the internet and social media takes a lot of our time. May I encourage you to consider getting a Kindle?

  5. Hey there Rodney, I get your point. I could not agree with you more on the benefits. I also identify with you on the counselling on the subject as a child. Although I know the importance though, it still is not a fond pastime for me even if on an interesting subject. In spite knowing this I have a hard time beating myself into subjection

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