What do Sarah Jessica Parker, Reese Witherspoon and Kate Hudson have in common? They are all avid readers and enjoy a great book! In fact, they go so far as to say that reading is their favorite hobby and they could never do without a good book at their side.
Reading has numerous benefits for both adults and children, including a higher IQ and EQ. Let’s take a look at a few ways in which reading can benefit kids.
Reading improves empathy
Anyone who has ever been immersed in a book will experience great empathy for their favorite characters. When children read and become engrossed in a book, they learn to relate to the characters and, ultimately, to other people.
Generally speaking, children who read have much larger vocabularies than those who do not read on a regular basis. Reading is a fun and relaxing way to learn new words! Did you know learning emotional vocabulary, for instance, leads to better adjusted kids who are able to identify their emotions and thus deal with them better?
Reading helps you to fall asleep
Struggling to fall asleep? Reading an enjoyable novel before bed relaxes the mind and helps it to get ready for a good night’s sleep.
Reading can really open up a whole new world to those both young and old. Children will naturally choose books on subjects that they are interested in and this can greatly increase their knowledge about various subjects. In this way, books help to build intelligence and to help kids become more well-rounded individuals when they are adults.
Helps to Alleviate Depression
Books play an excellent role in helping to improve mood in those suffering from depression. This is because reading a book forces the mind to fully concentrate on the subject matter at hand and, in this way, it can have a calming effect. Of course, reading is also very enjoyable and this can bring a bit of happiness to someone who is experiencing a difficult time.
Prevents Cognitive Decline
When it comes to books and reading, a reader is always learning and experience life through the character’s lens. If a child has developed a lifelong love for reading, they will be less likely to suffer from cognitive decline when they are elderly.
Does a habit of reading, if set in childhood, lead to a chance of reading later in life?
Research has shown that if a child develops a love of reading early on in life, they will be much more likely to love reading when they are adults? Even if you begin by reading to an infant, this can foster a lifelong love of reading.
So, start with any book; a board book, a picture book, a chapter book, basically anything at all that interests your child. Let’s all join Sarah Jessica Parker and Kate Hudson and give reading the praise it deserves!