About the role
Reading is important, and its value can’t be overestimated when it comes to both adults and children. It might easily help you develop your own way of thinking and point of view; it gives you endless knowledge on various topics (depending on what you like and choose) and broadens your horizons – all while keeping your mind active and you entertained. Reading helps you learn faster, sharpen your perception skills, understand the world and its people better – in short, reading can simply make you smarter. Not to mention that it significantly expands your vocabulary and hones your thinking skills, improving focus and concentration, as well as critical thinking.
But before you start preparing your reading list, let’s explore the details of why reading is important
Benefits Of Reading
1. Cognitive Mental Stimulation And Brain Exercising
Reading is not only highly entertaining if you know what you’re looking for – it also supports your mental health, keeping your perception and analytical thinking skills sharp, preventing your mind from sinking into apathy. By concentrating on the words, the flow, or the storyline (in the case of fiction), you stimulate your brain and improve cognitive functions; this is also why it’s so beneficial to encourage children and high school students to read more. These brain activities tighten your focus and help you focus on something important, which can particularly benefit elementary school children. That’s why it’s encouraged for parents to start reading with their children as soon as possible.
2. Vocabulary And Knowledge Expansion
When you read books, especially in a foreign language but also in your native one, you will sooner or later come across a few words you don’t quite understand in a certain context – or even recognize at all. You will probably end up looking them up in a dictionary, discovering new meanings, and expanding your vocabulary. The act of searching for definitions and examples helps your brain retain this new information, i.e., vocabulary expansion.
Consider how far your vocabulary has come since you first learned to read. While you don’t see as many strange words right now as when you were six, you are still learning, becoming more sophisticated, learning to express yourself.
3. Lower Stress Levels
While most readers know that reading is simply a great form of entertainment, they might not realize that reading can help you lower stress levels. Yes, it’s true – when you try to focus on what you read, and you immerse yourself in a story, you relieve your mind of anxiety, calm down and even reduce your blood pressure. By pulling your mind away from the stress at hand, you can relax and forget about that stressful day at school or work.
4. Help With Depression And Dysthymia
Reading can be of great help in the case of depressive episodes and mood disorders, especially if you decide to read some self-help, motivational guides, or stories. Since we’ve already established how it can help you lower your stress levels, it won’t come as a surprise that it also stimulates the part of your brain responsible for fighting depression. Self-development books or stories full of the author’s experience with mental health issues can help you ease your symptoms or at least get some perspective.
About the organisation
How to apply
Please quote in application: The Importance Of Reading Books via Pro Bono Australia.