I’m not, in this case, referring to Todd Parr’s lovely book (although you SHOULD check it out). Reading really DOES make you feel good! Jill Stamm, in her book Bright From the Start, talks about the ABC’s of baby’s needs: Attention, Bonding, and Communication. The act of a loving caregiver reading aloud to a child fulfills all of these needs, and gives the baby a warm, positive, feeling. Not only does the child begin to associate reading and books with this positive feeling (motivating them to want to learn to read on their own), but pleasurable activities such as these cause the brain to release serotonin, which has been shown to aid learning.
So, when reading makes you feel good, it also helps you learn! Cool, huh?