Yesterday I posted about the benefits of reading to a child. That got me thinking about reading for your own benefit. It started something like this:

  • It’s fun
  • Keep yourself entertained, reduce boredom
  • Exercise and strengthen your brain
  • Expose yourself to your endless possibilities
  • Become a life-long learner
  • Strengthen analytic skills
  • Stress reduction
  • Improve ability to focus and concentrate
  • Widen your horizons with travel books
  • Broaden your vocabulary
  • Develop empathy by learning to understand others
  • Never run out of things to think about
  • Develop language and writing skills
  • Find answers to all kinds of questions, even those you mightn’t think of otherwise
  • Never run out of topics of conversation
  • Reading hard copy books can help you sleep
  • Reading onscreen can help keep you awake
  • Encourage others to read by example
  • Build understanding and comprehension skills
  • Develop interest in a wide variety of topics making you more interesting to others
  • Knowledge and understanding make you a valuable person in all areas of life

How many more can you think of?