10 Ways That Reading is Cooler than Michael Jordan

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If you’ve tried out our free lesson on Michael Jordan, you’ll know how cool he is.  But you know what’s even cooler?  Reading.  Yeah, I said it.  Here are 10 reasons why:

1.  Explore new worlds:  The only way to get real information about what’s out there is to read.  Reading not only gives you knowledge about the world around you, but it puts you in the head of another person – something that TV and movies just can’t do very well.  Reading not only builds imagination but it also builds empathy, which can help you out in life.

2. It opens up job opportunities.  Studies have shown that literacy is linked to employment and earnings in most countries.  I teach in Japan right now, and employers are very focused on how students score on standardized English tests like TOEIC and TOEFL, most of which consist of lots and lots of reading.  The old saying, “Read to Succeed” has never been truer.  The Canadian Literacy and Learning Network shows that less than 20% of people with the lowest literacy skills are employed.

3. Reading makes connections.  What can be more fulfilling than reading a book to a child?  Parents who spend time reading to their children have something to talk about and helps strengthen family bonds.  Check out this article on reading to kids.

4.  It makes you healthier.  Reading can help reduce stress levels (even more than talking to someone), delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, and keep you going while working out on the treadmill.

5. Bang for your buck.  In my hometown, a movie ticket for 1 adult can cost around $15 (not counting parking fees and gas).  That means I’m spending around $7.50 an hour to be entertained and even with my mountain of wealth, that’s a lot of money.  On the other hand, I can buy a book for around $8.00 online and have hours and hours of entertainment at my fingertips.  I can even go to the library and get access to hundreds of books for free.  I can even go on dreamreader and find hundreds of article for free too!

6. You sound brilliant.  If you’ve ever had the fortune of being in a conversation where you can recommend a book on the same topic that’s being discussed, you’ll know what I mean.  You can almost sense people’s sudden spike in respect for you.  Suddenly, you are a more interesting guy or gal with lots of hidden knowledge and information.  Bring up a TV show you once saw in conversation and no one really cares, do they?

7.  It improves your writing.  If you want to be a good writer, reading is absolutely necessary.  Writers can only get new ideas for writing styles from other writers.  Books are a pathway to finding your own voice in your writing.  Famous novelist Stephen King once wrote that reading is essential for good writers and that, “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or tools) to write.”

8. You can do it anywhere.  Books and reading devices are made for portability.  They can be taken anywhere and you can use them without anyone complaining.  Despite the increase in portable game and music devices, reading is still one of the most popular activities that people do to pass the time when commuting.

9.  It increases your vocabulary.  As you read, your vocabulary can’t help but increase.  This gives you the ability to express yourself more clearly to other people.  In turn, that helps to build relationships with people in your family and on the job.

10.  Reading = happiness.  Studies are just beginning to show that people who read say they are more satisfied with their lives and more optimistic about the future.  This is in sharp contrast to those who always prefer to watch movies or television over reading a book.

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