The Importance of Reading

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”

– Joseph Addison

A reread of Subterranean inspired me to do this post—that and the fact that I was short on ideas.

Reading is a highly complex process that involves a series of neural responses inside the brain, according to The Literacy and Language Center. When we read letters on a page, the left occipitotemporal cortex of our brain immediately links each written word to its spoken equivalent; one part of the brain analyzes the word’s meaning, while the other part automatically recognizes the words. As the two functions become stronger, the faster and more efficient we become as readers.

Since reading has been my go-to pleasure when I need to relax, meditate, or escape from reality, researching the benefits and sharing them with you all became inevitable.

So here they are:

  • Reading can make you a better writer, speaker, and critical thinker.
  • It exercises the mind, particularly our comprehension and analytical abilities.
  • Reading enhances our imagination and stimulates our memory centers.
  • Reading improves our writing style and flow.
    • I can attest to this after looking at old blog posts.
  • It broadens our perspective on life and shapes our attitudes.
  • Reading helps one master new languages.
  • It connects us to history, various cultures, and people.
  • Reading improves concentration.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics advised that Americans, on average, read 19 minutes per day; younger adults between 25-34 years old read 4 minutes per day, and adults over the age of 75 read an hour per day. The recommended time that we should be reading, at minimum, is 30 minutes a day. Everyday.

Improved intelligence, higher emotional IQ, and longer lifespans are the main incentives. But as an avid reader, I can confirm that reading is one of the best stress relievers.

So pick up a book and enjoy!

Until Next Time…


Photo Credit: Black Enterprise

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Importance And Benefits Of Reading Skills In Communication. Harappa. (2020, August 10). Retrieved October 10, 2021, from 

What Happens to Your Brain When You Read? The Literacy and Language Center. (2016, May 13). Retrieved October 10, 2021, from 



7 Comments Add yours

  1. Cathleen Phillips says:

    Thanks for sharing the importance
    of reading! I love reading also!

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  2. Reading is FUN-damental. Emphasis on “Fun” and “Mental”. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. sykeology219 says:

    Wow. I bumped into your blog poking around on WordPress. Awesome blog. I’ve always been an avid reader. During college in the 80’s, I never had time for pleasure reading between working and full time school. After I graduated from USF, in Tampa, I binged. A couple years later, my husband and I moved from Florida to Portland, Oregon, which is a bibliophile’s Mecca. If you haven’t been to Powell’s City of Books on E. Burnside, between NW 10th and 11th, it’s worth the trip, even if you are arriving from Argentina. It’s a drool fest for readers. I seriously read my tookus off once we moved there. I easily read more than an hour a day. I am grateful to my parents who encouraged reading. Thanks for this post.

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  4. darellphilip says:

    This is an outstanding blog post on a subject I am most passionate about! Reading and writing are my absolute passions and have been since childhood. I too love and have in my book collection Gifted Hands by Ben Carson. Think Big by Ben Carson is also highly recommended, if you haven’t read that one then please do and enjoy! After reading this outstanding blog post supplemented by the great video, you now have yourself an avid subscriber to your blog site! Blessings to you brother! 😊🙏💛👊🎉

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    1. Thank you for the kind words, bro.

      Dr. Ben Carson is one of my inspirations. I have not read Gifted Hands, but Think Big is in my library.

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      1. darellphilip says:

        Your welcome bro. Please do read Gifted Hands then!

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