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Thursday, 20 August 2015
The importance of reading
Here’s one of those pieces of research which surprises … absolutely no
According to The Reading Agency, there is strong evidence that reading
for pleasure can increase empathy, improve relationships with others, reduce
the symptoms of depression and the risk of dementia, and improve wellbeing
The study, conducted by BOP Consulting for the agency
and funded by the Peter Sowerby Foundation, brings together a growing body of
research that shows that reading for pleasure can bring a range of benefits to
individuals and society.
The report is the first stage of a project funded
by the Peter Sowerby Foundation and developed through partnerships with reading
charities, public libraries and education organisations to emphasise the
importance of reading.
Jonathan Douglas, director of the National Literacy
Trust, said: "This report provides a solid foundation from which we can
build a new and objective framework to understand how literacy transforms lives
and can make society stronger, more successful and more equal.”