Reading Will Change Your Life!
I’ll bet you thought that reading was just a simple pass-time for nerds, right? WRONG. First of all, I hope you didn’t really think that, lol. But second, if you need any kind of convincing, I have compiled a list of reasons why reading will change your life!
Reading can make you smarter
When you’re constantly reading about new ideas or topics, you’re bound to increase a couple of your brain cells! I don’t think it’s any secret that reading can help to increase your intelligence. So why not read more? It’ll help make you seem smarterer.
Reading can open your mind
Reading from someone else’s point of view? Seeing the world or a life through a set of eyes you would never experience otherwise? Experiencing the struggles of someone you will never be? Reading can open your mind to the different lives people live throughout our world. While all human struggles are universally human, one person does not experience all of them within a lifetime. So read about them, and be more open-minded.
Reading can transport you magical places
Have you ever just wanted to escape your life? Wanted to take a vacation to somewhere distant and new? Books can provide that experience for you – all from the safety of your own home! Experience the world of fiction and fantasy as you travel through places and times not accessible in real life.
Reading will increase your writing skills
The more you do something, the better at it you will get. And the more exposure to something you have, the more connected to it you will be. All writers should be readers. All good writers are readers. Because reading frequently exposes you to the craft of language, your own skill will naturally improve. I’m no Shakespeare, but I almost never edit anything I write, including blog posts and college essays. (And not to brag, but I mostly get As – or some Bs- on those essays). I’m a skilled enough writer that I don’t usually have to edit what I write the first time around.
Reading stimulates the brain
We should all be looking for more ways to stimulate the brain! It’s the best way to stay healthy and mentally young. Puzzles and riddles are great and all, but why not sit back and relax with a book?
Reading can help with focus and concentration
Attention disorders are so common these days (hello, ADD my old friend!), but reading is one of those things that can help increase focus and concentration. While I definitely wouldn’t go so far as to say that reading could cure an attention disorder, it can help!
Reading is therapeutic
Sitting down in a comfortable seat, opening up your current magical read. Taking a break from the stress and craziness of life to take some time just for you. Flexing those brain muscles. Learning and being interested. Reading is therapeutic.
Reading expands your vocabulary
Still need more convincing that reading can make you smarter? Reading can help to improve and expand your vocabulary! Chances are, you could find at least one new word in every book you read. Or you can see a word you thought you knew used in a totally new way.
Reading can help you learn about other cultures
Even if they’re just fictional cultures! Reading diversely opens your mind to other cultures and experiences that you might not get to know in your own everyday life.
Reading allows you to live hundreds of lives
You can be hundreds of different people. You can live in hundreds of different worlds. Go on hundreds of different adventures. Fight against hundreds of villains, and come out on top (hopefully) hundreds of different times. This is one of my favorite, and in my opinion most magical, things about reading.
Reading can help alleviate stress
Remember that thing about reading being therapeutic? That means that it can help to relieve some of your stress. Plus, coupled with the fact that it can transport you to magical places and allow you to live vicariously through other people, it provides a great escape from the stresses of real life every now and then.
Let’s talk about it
What are some of your favorite things about reading? How do you feel like reading has changed your life? For me, I’m thankful that it provides me with a safe place to go when I’m feeling stressed, anxious, or depressed. Plus, I’m a fan of the fact that it makes me a better writer! Leave your own thoughts and experiences in the comments below!