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One of the first things we learned when we began to go to school, with 5 or 6, was how to read. Our teachers taught us patiently and slowly, letter by letter from the first to the last; then we discovered that letters could be joined to form words, and words could compose sentences, which ended up being pages, and in the end, they were a story worth knowing.

One of the first things we learned when we began to go to school, with 5 or 6, was how to read. Our teachers taught us patiently and slowly, letter by letter from the first to the last; then we discovered that letters could be joined to form words, and words could compose sentences, which ended up being pages, and in the end, they were a story worth knowing. Reading was, at that time, an adventure and a challenge. We felt good to be able to sit in front a book and enjoy its story. Now, only a few years later, it seems like we have forgotten all of this.

 

We don’t read, or we don’t read enough. These are our excuses: work, family, computer, mobile devices, social networks… it seems that any activity overtakes reading. We may feel that, at our age, we don’t need to read, we may think that just looking at the daily press or our friends’ states on Facebook or Twitter is enough. What a mistake. When Mario Vargas Llosa won the Literature Nobel Prize in 2010, he began his acceptance speech for the award with these two sentences: “I learned to read at age five. This is the most important thing that has happened in my life.”

 

Reading sorts our minds. Reading is a source of health, culture and wisdom. It makes our imagination grow and stimulates our fantasy. Reading takes us to exciting worlds, unknown universes. Reading enriches our way of expression, and gives us confidence in our relationships. Reading reduces stress levels, helps us to connect ideas and concepts. Reading leads us to know ourselves better, to ask questions about life. No therapy is better than a good book. So, let’s read.

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