Since young, we are told that reading is beneficial. But what are the real benefits of this activity?
are to believe a recent study by the University of Liverpool, regular readers often suffer less stress and depression than people who rarely or never read. By “regular” means “least thirty minutes a week”
Another finding of this study. Generally, people who love to read better understand the emotions of others and show more empathy . “It’s no wonder” believes Tine Kuypers Stichting Lezen (Reading Foundation). “The stories are learning to put themselves in the shoes of someone else.” And it is likely that the stories arouse curiosity towards others, because the study also found that regular readers are more likely to start a conversation with a stranger. They would also be more concerned about the fate of people they know.
The brain research confirm this finding. “The MRI showed that live and play experience stimulates the same brain areas,” says Kuypers. “And to create links with other people, our brain uses the same neural networks for the understanding and interpretation of history. It is therefore not surprising that reading stimulates our socio-emotional development. ”
In addition, the books can be a source of support and solace or a touchstone for his own life. “And this is certainly not apply only to the non-fiction form of testimonies and practical guides” says Kuypers. “Fiction can also help manage difficult situations or to see a different angle.” There are many therapists who use a book to address a sensitive subject. There are also some very nice indeed pounds (shown) that can help parents and teachers to discuss sensitive issues with children.
In a celebration of reading, one can only emphasize the importance of reading aloud . Even for toddlers, reading high voice exerts beneficial effects. “If you name and show images, the child can become familiar with words, even if he can not pronounce” says Kuypers. The study of the American researcher Barbara DeBaryshe demonstrates the importance of reading aloud at an early age. The vocabulary of the child for two years in fact depends largely on the habit. “It is beneficial to start reading aloud earlier, but it is equally important to continue long” says Kuypers. “Do not stop reading aloud when your child learns to read. As the texts for beginning readers obviously have a very simple structure and vocabulary, you will give your child the opportunity to enjoy more complex stories,” adds -t it.
“But children also love to read fluently that they tell a story” says Kuypers. “This moment also offers the opportunity to deepen main issues described in the books.”
And to believe a study of primary and kindergarten students who participated in the British Bookstart program, children who were often read aloud, are better in math. “And it’s not really surprising,” says Kuypers. “For to understand a story, you have to be careful and to build relationships. And these are useful skills in arithmetic too.”