Honesty Group

Why Should We Read? – World Literacy Day

In honour of World Literacy Day, I wanted to highlight the importance of reading, and acknowledge the fact that many of us have been fortunate enough to have a great education in which we’ve learnt how to read and write. Unfortunately, a large proportion of the world’s population has not had this opportunity, which is why we mustn’t take reading for granted. It is important to appreciate the benefits of reading; how a simple piece of writing has the power to empower, educate and entertain. What are the benefits of reading and how can we help those who aren’t able to have the same opportunities that we do?

What are the benefits?


Even if it is just for a moment, reading provides us an escape from reality and expands our imagination. It is proven to have incredible benefits towards our mental wellbeing  and ability to empathise with people. By viewing the world from a point of view that is not your own, you become more empathetic. It helps you understand people’s perspectives from their points of view and not just your own – which is something that a lot of us need to work on. Communication is key for almost every human relationship; being able to empathise with others and understand their view will build the skill of communication enabling more healthy relationships.  


In terms of mental stability – reading helps you to reduce your stress levels in under 10 minutes. By taking your mind into a new world, where your own stresses don’t exist, you are able to relax for a moment. Reducing your stress levels is a proven way that allows you to sleep better. In this time of constant technological connection, our sleep is suffering. The blue light emitted from screens disrupts melatonin levels (the sleep hormone) which causes disruption to our sleep/wake cycle. Take some time before you go to bed to read just one chapter or 10 pages, you will thank yourself in the morning. 


Not only does it help you to escape from reality, but it also improves your vocabulary, your memory, analytical thinking skills and concentration – why wouldn’t we want to benefit from that?

monk (1)

Literature and Social Media


It’s no surprise that in present times, social media has taken over how we view/experience entertainment. Today, a quick video on Instagram is a replacement for a short poem, moreover a show on Netflix can even be preferred to a book. Of course not all social media consists solely of videos and pictures, for example, you will be reading this blog piece on your phone, ipad or desktop. We should aim to be selective about how we utilise our time on our phones and the things we want to read, share and post. Ultimately, using our platforms as a way to educate ourselves and each other.


Growing up in Nepal, being respectful is ingrained upon us as an important cultural lesson. My mum always used to tell me to “never step on my books”, because you shouldn’t disrespect something that provides you with knowledge. In Nepal, stepping on things is considered an ultimate disrespect. Are we disrespecting our books by opting to spend our downtime engaged with our phones and TVs? Maybe if we perceived choosing our phones over a book as a metaphor for, “stepping on something”, we would read more novels, more poems and more literature.


A book that I am currently reading is “Dune” by Frank Herbert, which is a science fiction novel written in 1965. Although it is fiction, it touches topics such as environmental stress, human potential, altered states of consciousness and the developing countries’ revolution against imperialism. It is the perfect example of a piece of literature that helps expand your imagination as well as concerning topics that are relevant in our real life. 

Education in developing countries


When I hear stories about how children living in rural villages in developing countries travel up to 5 hours on foot just to go to school, it makes me grateful for the education that I have received and how lucky we are to be able to access the facilities that we have. I admire the determination that these children have to want to learn, to increase their life opportunities and the hunger they have to want to make their lives better through education.


There are a multitude of charities dedicated to help educate children around the world and to help them reach their full potential. Here are a few foundations and charities you can read about to help:



Reading blogs like this is a start towards helping people that are less fortunate than ourselves. Sharing blogs also helps if you want to educate others through your platform. 


Inspire yourself by reading a book, blog, poem or novel and escape reality for just a moment.

In honour of World Literacy Day, I wanted to highlight the importance of reading, and acknowledge the fact that many of us have been fortunate enough to have a great education in which we’ve learnt how to read and write. Unfortunately, a large proportion of the world’s population has not had this opportunity, which is why we mustn’t take reading for granted.

112 thoughts on “Why Should We Read? – World Literacy Day”

  1. Good day! I simply would like to give you a big thumbs up for
    the excellent info you have got here on this post. I am returning to your web site for more soon.

  2. Your style is unique in comparison to other people I have read stuff from.
    I appreciate you for posting when you have the opportunity,
    Guess I’ll just book mark this blog.

  3. Hi, i feel that i saw you visited my blog thus i got here to return the desire?.I’m attempting to find issues
    to improve my web site!I suppose its good enough to make use of
    a few of your concepts!!

  4. I’m not that much of a internet reader to be honest but your blogs really nice, keep it up!
    I’ll go ahead and bookmark your website to come back
    later. All the best

  5. Today, I went to the beach with my kids. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old
    daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She put the shell to her ear
    and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear.
    She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is
    entirely off topic but I had to tell someone!

  6. Hey very cool web site!! Man .. Excellent .. Superb ..
    I’ll bookmark your site and take the feeds also? I’m happy to search
    out numerous helpful information here within the submit, we need work out more techniques
    in this regard, thank you for sharing. . . . . .

  7. Thank you for the auspicious writeup. It in fact was a
    amusement account it. Look advanced to more added agreeable from
    you! However, how can we communicate?

  8. É a primeira vez que vejo esse website e já estou encantado, Estive a procura de tema de qualidade Mas está difícil de achar Isto pela internet.
    Obrigado por falar sobre este tema suas ideias.

  9. Helpful info. Fortunate me I discovered your website by accident,
    and I’m surprised why this twist of fate did not took place in advance!
    I bookmarked it.

  10. Hey there! Someone in my Myspace group shared this website with
    us so I came to take a look. I’m definitely enjoying the
    information. I’m bookmarking and will be tweeting this
    to my followers! Terrific blog and terrific

  11. Good day! This is my first visit to your blog!

    We are a team of volunteers and starting a new project in a community in the same niche.
    Your blog provided us useful information to work on. You have done a marvellous job!

  12. Generally I do not learn article on blogs, however I wish to say that this
    write-up very compelled me to try and do so! Your writing taste has
    been surprised me. Thank you, very great post.

  13. Hmm it appears like your site ate my first comment (it was super long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I wrote and say, I’m thoroughly
    enjoying your blog. I too am an aspiring blog blogger but
    I’m still new to the whole thing. Do you have any helpful hints for first-time blog writers?
    I’d certainly appreciate it.

  14. You have made some good points there. I looked on the net for more information about the issue and found most people will go along with your views on this
    web site.

  15. Magnificent items from you, man. I’ve understand your stuff prior to and you’re simply extremely great.
    I actually like what you have received right here, really like what you’re saying and the best way in which you are saying it.
    You’re making it enjoyable and you still
    care for to stay it sensible. I cant wait to read much more from you.
    This is actually a terrific web site.

  16. May I simply just say what a comfort to uncover someone who genuinely
    understands what they’re discussing on the web. You certainly understand
    how to bring a problem to light and make it important.
    More and more people should read this and understand
    this side of the story. It’s surprising you are not
    more popular since you most certainly have the gift.

  17. It is the best time to make some plans for the long run and it is time to
    be happy. I have read this publish and if I may just I
    want to counsel you few interesting issues or advice. Maybe you could write subsequent articles regarding
    this article. I wish to read even more things about it!

  18. Its like you read my mind! You seem to know a lot about this, like you wrote the
    book in it or something. I think that you can do with some pics to drive the message home a little bit, but instead of that, this is excellent blog.

    A great read. I’ll certainly be back.

  19. An intriguing discussion is definitely worth comment.
    I do think that you need to write more about this topic, it may not be a taboo subject but usually people do not speak about such issues.
    To the next! Best wishes!!

  20. Hello there! I know this is kinda off topic however , I’d figured
    I’d ask. Would you be interested in trading links or maybe guest authoring a blog article or
    vice-versa? My blog goes over a lot of the same topics as yours and I feel we could greatly benefit from each
    other. If you are interested feel free to shoot me an e-mail.
    I look forward to hearing from you! Awesome blog by the

  21. Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied on the video
    to make your point. You obviously know what youre talking about, why throw away your intelligence on just posting videos to your blog when you could be giving us something informative to read?

  22. Everyone loves what you guys tend to be up too. This type
    of clever work and exposure! Keep up the superb works guys
    I’ve incorporated you guys to our blogroll.

  23. After going over a number of the blog articles on your site, I really like your way of blogging.
    I bookmarked it to my bookmark site list and will be checking back in the near future.
    Please visit my website as well and let me know what you think.

  24. I have been exploring for a little bit for any high-quality articles or blog
    posts on this sort of house . Exploring in Yahoo I at last stumbled upon this web site.

    Reading this information So i am happy to express that
    I have an incredibly just right uncanny feeling I came upon exactly what I needed.
    I such a lot without a doubt will make certain to don?t forget this web site and give it a look regularly.

  25. Great post. I was checking continuously this blog and I am
    inspired! Extremely helpful info specifically the closing section 🙂 I care for such information much.
    I was seeking this particular info for a long time.
    Thank you and good luck.

  26. Hi, I do believe this is a great web site. I stumbledupon it
    😉 I am going to revisit once again since I book-marked it.

    Money and freedom is the best way to change, may you be rich and continue to help others.

  27. Excellent article. Keep writing such kind of
    information on your site. Im really impressed by it.

    Hi there, You have performed an excellent
    job. I will certainly digg it and personally recommend to
    my friends. I’m sure they will be benefited from this site.

  28. Hello there! This is my first visit to your blog!
    We are a group of volunteers and starting a new project in a community in the same niche.
    Your blog provided us beneficial information to work
    on. You have done a wonderful job!

  29. I’m curious to find out what blog platform you are using?
    I’m having some minor security issues with my latest website and I’d like to find something
    more safe. Do you have any solutions?

  30. Hi! I’m at work surfing around your blog from my new
    iphone 3gs! Just wanted to say I love reading through your blog and look forward to all your posts!
    Keep up the superb work!

  31. I’m very pleased to discover this site. I wanted to thank you for ones time
    for this fantastic read!! I definitely liked every part of it and I have you saved as a favorite
    to see new information in your web site.

  32. Everything is very open with a precise explanation of the challenges.
    It was truly informative. Your website is extremely helpful.
    Thanks for sharing!

  33. My partner and I stumbled over here by a different web page and thought I
    should check things out. I like what I see so now i’m
    following you. Look forward to looking into your web page again.

  34. certainly like your web-site however you need to take a look at the spelling on several of your posts.
    Several of them are rife with spelling issues and I in finding it very troublesome to inform the reality then again I’ll certainly come back again.

  35. Superb blog! Do you have any hints for aspiring writers?

    I’m hoping to start my own site soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
    Would you propose starting with a free platform like WordPress or
    go for a paid option? There are so many options out there that I’m
    totally overwhelmed .. Any recommendations?
    Thank you!

  36. I am really inspired along with your writing talents and also with the structure in your weblog.
    Is that this a paid subject matter or did you modify it
    yourself? Anyway keep up the excellent quality writing, it is rare to look a nice blog like this one nowadays..

  37. I’ve been browsing online more than 3 hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours.
    It is pretty worth enough for me. In my opinion, if all website owners and bloggers made good content
    as you did, the internet will be much more useful than ever before.

  38. I like the valuable info you provide in your articles. I will bookmark your weblog
    and check again here frequently. I’m quite sure I will
    learn plenty of new stuff right here! Best of luck for the next!

  39. I must thank you for the efforts you have put in writing this blog.
    I really hope to view the same high-grade content from you
    in the future as well. In truth, your creative writing abilities has inspired me to
    get my very own site now 😉

  40. Hello to all, how is everything, I think every one is getting more from this web site, and your views are pleasant in favor of new visitors.

  41. Hi there! I know this is kind of off topic but I
    was wondering which blog platform are you using for this
    website? I’m getting sick and tired of WordPress because I’ve
    had problems with hackers and I’m looking at options for another platform.
    I would be awesome if you could point me in the direction of a good platform.

  42. Howdy would you mind stating which blog platform you’re using?
    I’m planning to start my own blog in the near future but I’m having a difficult
    time choosing between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal.
    The reason I ask is because your design seems different
    then most blogs and I’m looking for something unique.
    P.S Apologies for getting off-topic but I had to ask!

  43. Hi there, just became aware of your blog through Google,
    and found that it is really informative. I am going to watch out for
    brussels. I will appreciate if you continue this in future.
    A lot of people will be benefited from your writing. Cheers!

  44. Howdy! Would you mind if I share your blog with my myspace group?
    There’s a lot of people that I think would really enjoy
    your content. Please let me know. Cheers

  45. Hello! I understand this is kind of off-topic however I needed
    to ask. Does operating a well-established blog such as yours require a
    lot of work? I’m completely new to blogging however I do write in my journal everyday.
    I’d like to start a blog so I can share my experience and thoughts online.
    Please let me know if you have any kind of ideas or tips for brand new aspiring blog owners.


  46. Hello great blog! Does running a blog such as this require a large amount of work?

    I have no expertise in programming however I had been hoping to start my own blog soon. Anyways, if you have any suggestions or tips for new blog owners please share.
    I understand this is off topic but I simply had to ask.

  47. When I originally commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get four emails with the same comment.
    Is there any way you can remove people from that service?

  48. Hello there I am so glad I found your blog, I really found you by
    mistake, while I was looking on Digg for something else, Anyhow I am here now and would
    just like to say thanks for a incredible post and a all round exciting blog (I also love the theme/design),
    I don’t have time to read it all at the minute but I have bookmarked it and also added in your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be
    back to read a great deal more, Please do keep up the great work.

  49. My coder is trying to convince me to move to .net from PHP.

    I have always disliked the idea because of the expenses.
    But he’s tryiong none the less. I’ve been using
    Movable-type on a variety of websites for about a year and am nervous about switching to another platform.
    I have heard fantastic things about blogengine.net.
    Is there a way I can transfer all my wordpress content into
    it? Any kind of help would be really appreciated!

  50. Sweet blog! I found it while searching on Yahoo News.
    Do you have any suggestions on how to get listed in Yahoo News?
    I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there!

  51. I have learn some excellent stuff here. Definitely value
    bookmarking for revisiting. I surprise how much effort you place
    to create any such great informative web site.

  52. Wonderful goods from you, man. I’ve consider your stuff prior to and you are just extremely magnificent.
    I really like what you’ve obtained right here, certainly like what you’re stating and the best way during which you
    say it. You’re making it entertaining and you still care for to stay it wise.

    I cant wait to read far more from you. That is actually a tremendous site.

  53. Excellent beat ! I would like to apprentice at the same time as you amend your site, how can i subscribe for a blog site? The account aided me a applicable deal. I have been a little bit acquainted of this your broadcast offered brilliant transparent idea

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

The Breadline

Food or heating – what would you choose? Some may be confused by the question, wondering why one would have to choose between the two.

Follow us on Instagram

Subscribe to our newsletter to find out the latest news about us!