13 Benefits of Reading

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Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled “This could change your life.”  ~Helen Exley

Reading is obviously useful for day-to-day life. I.e. We need to read in order to . . .

  • File our taxes
  • Fill out a library card application
  • Understand the employee handbook
  • Check out the sports stats for our favorite hockey team
  • Choose an appropriate birthday card or the correct type of oil for the car, and
  • Buy the beans, meat and tortillas we need for dinner.

But reading can bring more than ease to daily living or increase our competency at work.

Below are a 13 reasons I’ve found reading to be beneficial. Reading . . .

  1. Helps us develop better vocabulary and grammar
  2. Exposes us to novel ideas, actions, geography and people so that we become more culturally & historically aware
  3. Energizes us for action or de-stresses us after an action-packed day
  4. Improves our general knowledge and imagination
  5. Clarifies difficult topics (If there is a children’s book on the topic, I always read that first so I can get a simple overview.)
  6. Gives us the opportunity to learn from the mistakes and wisdom of others
  7. Encourages us to be the best we can be
  8. Is a fun way to spend our time and/or learn
  9. Enhances our creativity and concentration
  10. Shows us how we can do life, work, health, relationships, etc.  better, easier, faster, cheaper
  11. Increases family bonding when the reading is done out loud
  12. Alleviates loneliness
  13. Nourishes our soul and intellect
Tomie dePaola says, “Reading is important because if you can read, you can learn anything about everything and everything about anything.” Watch this Youtube clip to hear him explain more.

What would you add to this list? How is reading beneficial to you?

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  • 1. BlessedMama  |  . at .

    Hmm, reading. I love it; I just can’t seem to do it as much as I used to or want to. But, I write a monthly review column, so it forces me to read something! What I’ve chosen to read lately (the last several years) has expanded my understanding of Scripture, enriched my love of the classics, assisted in my parenting, and encouraged me in homeschooling. So, those are good reasons to keep on reading! Thanks for the post.


    • 2. susan2009  |  . at .

      Is the review on your blog? I’d like to read it. I love your four reasons. If it’s ok I plan on including them in a follow-up post.


  • 3. Clare  |  . at .

    It makes time on the exercise bike go that much faster! 🙂


    • 4. susan2009  |  . at .

      Yes, that’s a good one too, Clare. May I use your idea for a follow-up post?

      I once tried reading while on my roommate’s treadmill. Bad move. I flew/fell off and landed in a very uncomfortable position. I think my burst of laughter cushioned my fall though, :-0


  • 5. Clare  |  . at .

    Use whatever you want for any post! I have found that I cant read while I treadmill at all either. I can only read during biking, and on good days, I can do magazines on the elliptical. But when it comes to the treadmill, for me, its all about the Tivo and tv on dvd 🙂


    • 6. susan2009  |  . at .

      Using the treadmill certainly gives a good “excuse” to watch tv.


  • 7. BlessedMama  |  . at .

    Yes, Susan, you can use my four reasons on a follow-up post. My monthly review is in a homeschool newsletter, not on my blog. Have a great week!


    • 8. susan2009  |  . at .

      Thanks. Maybe I could borrow some past copies and have a reading fest?


  • 9. julie  |  . at .



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