The Benefits of Reading

JJ Walters, Staff Writer

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When it comes to reading, not a lot of people will go and willingly sit down and take the time to read a book. What many people don’t realize is that there are many benefits to reading in school and reading for leisure. I think that more people should read in their daily lives and here’s why.

What reading does to your brain is like what working out does to your muscles. Reading makes your brain stronger. Your brain becomes much more complex than it used to be even if you only read a few pages because you are taking in knowledge. Reading also expands your vocabulary and your spelling skills. Since I have started reading more and more, I have learned that I enjoy it and that my speaking and vocabulary skills have improved a great amount.

Reading can also be a great stress reliever. Many people have different ways of relieving stress so why not make reading a part of yours? Many individuals claim that they hate reading, but that has been proven false. If you give someone a book that contains something that entertains them, chances are they are going to enjoy reading that certain book. If you’re looking for a great way to escape reality for a while, why not pick up a nice book and escape to that world? You can become a knight or a villain or maybe even the superhero you have always wanted to be!

Reading is a powerful thing and a lot of people take it for granted. While reading, you discover that books open your eyes to the world around you. Books teach you about life and help you gain knowledge even if the story may be fictional. Books can still teach you valuable life lessons that you can apply in the reality of your own life. On the same note, you can watch characters in your book struggle with conflicts you may also be handling and watch how they handle the situation. You can watch characters fail, you can watch characters handle their certain situation with grace, and you can watch them survive.

When you pick up a book, it helps you concentrate better in school and/or in your work life. When you read, it is like feeding your brain with excellent food and it makes your brain super happy when you do. As a reader, I strongly enjoy and encourage reading. Reading has most definitely improved my vocabulary when speaking to others and/or writing in my school work.

I have come across books that I did not enjoy and/or did not finish. That is totally okay and does not disqualify me from being a “true” reader. Reading has always helped me get rid of stress whenever I need to escape from reality for a little while. I’m a sucker for a good story and will not let anyone get in my way when reading. I think it’s interesting when people give me weird looks when I whip out my book and read during my free time. Reading is a skill and a privilege, so why don’t people take advantage of it more often? Reading a book that you like can change and impact your view and perception on everything you’ve ever known.

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