Be Nice

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About thirty-two million adults in America are considered to be illiterate. According to “Shocking Facts: 23 Statistics on Illiteracy in America” by Rebecca Lake, approximately eighty-five percent of youth who come in contact with the juvenile courts are functionally illiterate, and about seventy percent of adult inmates score at the lowest proficiency level for reading.

As a former teacher and the current president of the Florida Writers Foundation, a 501 © (3) non-profit corporation formed to promote literacy, these statistics are staggering and enough to cause concern, but I have hope. Because you are here, I assume you can read. Readers reap benefits, and our world harvests the benefits of readers.

According to Dr. Mary Custureri, owner of Taylor and Seale Publishing Company, readers are nicer people. Research conducted by Kingston University in London indicates that people who read drama and romance are more empathetic. Those who read experimental books were better able to see things from another’s point of view. Lovers of comedy related best to others.

Want to be nicer? Consider reading.

Dr. Custureri suggested other benefits of reading. I’ll share them in a future blog. 

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