Reading a book can be considered one of the greatest pleasurable acts in life . This statement may seem exaggerated, but the feeling of escape, disconnection and freedom that you feel is irreplaceable. And not only that, but reading books makes us free and fights boredom, makes us smarter, encourages personal and professional development, favors conversation and relationships, releases emotions, it is the exercise to maintain a healthy brain and lively, as well as being an antidote to loneliness.

Unfortunately, there are not a few people who do not read for lack of time or desire . They think that there is no point in having other entertainment options or that books are not made for them. They don’t stop to think about what reading books can bring them… Perhaps no one has told them. Or yes, but they have already made their decision . For all those people, and also to strengthen confidence in those people who are already readers, I highlight a series of benefits that demonstrate why it is important to read .

Before highlighting some of the main reasons why reading books is important in people’s lives , I would like to point out the excellent work that educational centers, libraries and associations do in terms of literacy . In the world there are about 800 million people who do not have basic literacy skills, which means that they do not have that key that opens the door to the universe of books . Not to mention people who have another series of difficulties in accessing books, such as blind people or people with some visual impairment. Fortunately, many countries are those that have already adhered to the Marrakesh Treaty, which facilitates their access to published works.

 7 reasons why reading books is important in people’s lives, although there are more…Reading is escape and entertainment . Books transport people to other places, moments and characters without leaving the site. Staying locked up in a book is synonymous with escaping, experiencing and enjoying new sensations. Reading books makes us free and fights boredom .

Reading promotes learning . The information received is transformed into knowledge. Reading increases people’s comprehension, attention, observation, concentration, reflection/critical thinking, and memory. Reading books makes us smarter .

Reading sparks curiosity and feeds the imagination . Reading activates inspiration, imagination and the emergence of ideas. It makes the thought go beyond the text and enter new worlds, wants to anticipate events and/or create alternative paths. Reading fosters personal and professional development .

Reading improves communication skills . Reading, in addition to activating the brain, expands vocabulary, improves grammar and spelling, and favors the achievement of verbal skills, mental speed, decision-making and confidence. Reading books promotes conversation and relationships .

Reading empathizes and socializes . Reading books makes it possible for any reader to put themselves in the shoes of another, empathizing with them based on the situations experienced. It develops the affective and moral instinct, which leads people to be more open, share, talk and enrich contacts. Reading books releases emotions .Reading is health . Reading delays mental aging, achieving an active and healthy brain. In addition, it combats stress by relaxing and slowing the heartbeat and relieves muscle tension, fights insomnia and is associated with a later lower risk of dementia. Reading books is the exercise to keep a healthy and lively brain .

Reading is company . It is very difficult to feel alone when you are accompanied by the reading of a book. A book is capable of taking the form of a small and perfect companion at any place and time. Reading books is an antidote to loneliness.