Good news for the avid readers out there! We all know that reading is superfood for a child’s brain, but did you know that reading and life expectancy are related? Research says that reading up to 2-3 hours per week can increase a life-span by as much as 2 years, and prevent the early onset of Alzheimer’s and Dementia (2016 study, Yale School of Public Health).
Word power increase brain power- Similar to the muscles of a child’s body, their brain also requires constant flexing, especially during their early years. Reading provides this. When they read they make connections and so does their brain. Thus, setting off a chain reaction of neurological links and stimulation leading to better focus, memory and vocabulary.
Makes children global citizens- Books, both fiction and non-fiction, give information, expand a child’s knowledge and provide a context about diverse cultures, practices and people. The more children will read, the more they will learn and understand.
Lifts a child’s EQ through the roof- Reading books, especially fiction, generates a high level of empathy and emotional intelligence in a child. It changes their perspective and enables them to walk a mile in another’s shoes. This is a valuable commodity in today’s world and workspaces.
A stress buster- Reading is undoubtedly one of the most effective forms of relaxation. When a child immerses themselves in a book and starts focusing on the characters and the plot, the world around them fades away. A good book can be the ideal remedy from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and demanding lifestyles children and young adults are expected to deal with today.
Builds creativity- Books, especially fiction and fantasy, enable children to think outside the box, narrate their story on their own terms and build a new world around them made up of words, new friends and magical places.
Thus, it is clear that the greatest gift that we can give a child is to introduce them to the wonderful world of books and set them off on a journey of self-discovery and longevity.