Why You Should Read

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Why You Should Read

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In the digital age, many people are too caught up in video games and social media to pay attention to anything else, much less want to redirect their attention. Any avid reader will tell you that’s a travesty and that it’s our duty to convince you to give reading another chance. So, here’s my best effort!

 

Below are some reasons why you should read…

 

Reduces Stress

Wouldn’t it be great to have a readily available, easily accessible escape for when daily life gets too hectic? Oh, wait… you already have one!

A study done in 2009 by researchers at the University of Sussex showed that just six minutes of reading can reduce stress by 68%. Dr. David Lewis, part of the study, states: “[A] book is more than merely a distraction, but an active engaging of the imagination, one that causes you to enter an altered state of consciousness” (Brown, 2016).

 

Vocabulary Expansion

What’s more fun than reading a dictionary and skimming through a thesaurus? (Quite a bit, but that’s not the point.) Reading a book exposes you to great new words while keeping your brain active and learning without lulling you to sleep.

 

Stronger Analytical Thinking Skills

What kind of genre do you like to read? No matter what your answer is, I have some great news for you! Every time you read a book, you are putting your analytical skills to the test.

When you try to solve the plot of any story, you are using critical thinking to solve the problem. These same skills are used when you critique a book and are determining whether or not it was a well-written piece. These same analytical skills can be applied to other writing, shows, movies, and more.

 

Learn Life Lessons Without Failing

Wouldn’t it be great if we could stop mistakes before they happen? Know the consequences beforehand? You can, with the help of characters in a book.

Relatable characters tend to make the same mistakes or similar ones that we do in everyday life. Instead of falling on your face, you can learn what not to do through your character’s unfortunate decisions.

 

Improve Your Writing Skills

Much like art or music, people take inspiration from other artists, and writing is no different. By reading books, you can see which techniques authors use, study how they apply them, and go on to use them in your writing.

 

Entertainment

Whether you are young or old, it’s inevitable you will be in need of some entertainment. If you can’t physically travel to a new place, haven’t made any new friends in awhile, or are just plain and simply bored, consider picking up a book. Each one is filled with interesting characters, cool new worlds, and a whole lot of fun.

 

Science and logic not enough to convince you? Check out this article from readitforward.com where people share their reasons for reading. Don’t be surprised when some of the reasons on this list show up on theirs.

 

Reading may not be your thing, but there’s no reason you can’t give it another shot. There’s many ways it benefits you, so why not open a new chapter in your life?

 

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8 Science-Backed Reasons to Read a (Real) Book. (n.d.). Retrieved from

https://www.realsimple.com/health/preventative-health/benefits-of-reading-real-books

Business Insider UK. (2016, December 12). 14 reasons why reading is good for your health.

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https://www.businessinsider.com/14-reasons-why-reading-is-good-for-your-health-2016-12

Winter-H\u00e9bert, L. (2018, January 3).

10 Benefits of Reading: Why You Should Read Every Day. Retrieved from

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