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The Benefits of Becoming a Lifelong Reader

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Lifelong readers continue reading beyond their school years. This lesson will explain the benefits of becoming a lifelong reader and will end with a short quiz to test what you have learned.

What are You Reading?

What is the last book you read? What is your favorite book? How about your least favorite book? Responding to these questions may have been a snap if you read a lot. However, many people hate reading and avoid it at all costs.

Love it or hate it, a proficiency for reading is an important skill to have. Most people think of school when they think of reading. This is probably because as students, they were usually required to read many different, complex textbooks as a part of their education. However, reading shouldn't end when you graduate. It should be a daily, lifelong practice.

Do you want to bake a cake? Unless you know the recipe by heart, you will need to be able to read a cookbook. Going on a road trip? The ability to read a map and road signs will be essential. Catching up on current events? Reading a newspaper is a must!

Reading is an Important Skill To Develop
little girl reading

The Benefits of Lifelong Reading

Besides being an important skill to possess, reading has many benefits. Lifelongreaders.org has conducted extensive research on the benefits of lifelong reading. Let's take a closer look:

Readers are Better Learners

Being able to read means that you can learn to do just about anything. Reading opens the doors to new skills and far away worlds. Lifelong readers don't stop learning when they graduate from high school, or when they earn that college degree. Lifelong readers are constantly learning new things with each turn of the page.

Readers are constantly challenged with new and interesting concepts and ideas. This enhances cognitive development and may help stave off cognitive declines in memory and concentration associated with aging, such as dementia. These cognitive enhancements make it easier for lifelong readers to grasp new concepts and ideas. If you want to be a better learner and increase cognitive health, become a lifelong reader!

Readers are More Successful

Research indicates that lifelong readers are more successful, both personally and professionally. This means that they have better social skills and healthier relationships than nonreaders. It also means that they have better jobs and greater professional accomplishments than those who do not read. Lifelong readers are leading the pack, socially and professionally! If you want to be more successful, become a lifelong reader!

Readers are Well Informed

Lifelong readers know what is going on in the world. They keep up with news and current events through reading. They read to introduce new ways of thinking which makes them more aware of and sensitive to differences among people and cultures. Lifelong readers are more informed than nonreaders because they keep abreast of changes around them. If you want to be in the know, become a lifelong reader!

Readers are Motivated

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