12 Reasons Why You Should Read More Books

12 Reasons Why You Should Read More Books

The benefits of reading are endless! Here are 12 reasons why you should take advantage of the power of literature.
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Reading is not only an enjoyable leisure activity but a great way to expand your mind. With reading comes many benefits of which everyone should take advantage. From internal relaxation to the development of imagination, the words in books hold many meanings that bring us peace.

1. Relieves the suffering of the mind

Reading allows your mind to relax, helping you to find peace within yourself. Immersing yourself in a book is a great way to temporarily escape the troubles life throws at you.

2. Improves focus

Reading from left to right the words aligned on a page allow you to focus completely. Memorization is also improved in the act of reading. You are able to recall events more efficiently, even sometimes remembering how the words looked on the page.

3. Develops the imagination

Books allow us to enter worlds we have never physically been to before. Literature ravels your mind in a world of imagination.

4. Reading is interpretive

The beauty of books is that they are open for interpretation. Every individual processes words and visualizes written content differently, making no interpretation of a book the exact same.

5. Improves your vocabulary

When you open a new book, you open a new set of words including some you have never seen before. Our minds become dictionaries as we read books and discover a new language.

6. Literature has universal appeal

Literature does not only exist in your specific location; literature is universal. People from all over the world indulge in the art of reading, making the art form a topic for conversation as well.

7. Improves analytical skills

Figuring out how the story was going to end before finishing the book means you utilized your analytical skills. Reading allows your thinking skills to become more developed in the sense that you consider all aspects.

8. Literature forms friendships

The neat thing about books is that anyone can be involved in the entertainment, providing a chance to form new friendships. Social gatherings, like book clubs, express their appreciation for novels while expressing their appreciation for the people around.

9. Reading makes you a better writer

When you read a new style of writing, you become more able to develop your own style of constructing words. You realize the styles and structures that you do and do not enjoy while strengthening your writing capabilities.

10. Literature is a playground

Reading lets your mind run around in its youth and curiously wander around the words that cover a slip of paper. Each book is a different playground in a different setting with a different feeling.

11. Books are a form of art

Like the art form of painting can convey a deeper meaning, reading can do the same thing. Books are disembodied voices that speak for history. The best part is that the words are forever printed on paper for our eyes to gaze upon.

12. Reading is important!!!!

Reading is history! Through literature, you are able to live in a different time. The immersive nature of a book captures a reader in its words and setting. Books are evidence of different times that held the same principles. To read is to be a part of history itself.

Reading is all around us. It is a timeless art form that provides humans with many benefits. Take a break from the world around you by picking up a book. Read more, so you can know more.

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3 Reasons Why Step Dads Are Super Dads

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I often hear a lot of people complaining about their step-parents and wondering why they think that they have any authority over them. Although I know that everyone has different situations, I will be the first to admit that I am beyond blessed to have a step dad. Yep, I said it. My life wouldn't be the same that it is not without him in it. Let me tell you why I think step dads are the greatest things since sliced bread.

1. They will do anything for you, literally.

My stepdad has done any and every thing for me. From when I was little until now. He was and still is my go-to. If I was hungry, he would get me food. If something was broken, he would fix it. If I wanted something, he would normally always find a way to get it. He didn't spoil me (just sometimes), but he would make sure that I was always taken care of.

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2. Life lessons.

Yup, the tough one. My stepdad has taught me things that I would have never figured out on my own. He has stood beside me through every mistake. He has been there to pick me up when I am down. My stepdad is like the book of knowledge: crazy hormonal teenage edition. Boy problems? He would probably make me feel better. He just always seemed to know what to say. I think that the most important lesson that I have learned from my stepdad is: to never give up. My stepdad has been through three cycles of leukemia. He is now in remission, yay!! But, I never heard him complain. I never heard him worry and I never saw him feeling sorry for himself. Through you, I found strength.

3. He loved me as his own.

The big one, the one that may seem impossible to some step parents. My stepdad is not actually my stepdad, but rather my dad. I will never have enough words to explain how grateful I am for this man, which is why I am attempting to write this right now. It takes a special kind of human to love another as if they are their own. There had never been times where I didn't think that my dad wouldn't be there for me. It was like I always knew he would be. He introduces me as his daughter, and he is my dad. I wouldn't have it any other way. You were able to show me what family is.

So, dad... thanks. Thanks for being you. Thanks for being awesome. Thanks for being strong. Thanks for loving me. Thanks for loving my mom. Thanks for giving me a wonderful little sister. Thanks for being someone that I can count on. Thanks for being my dad.

I love you!

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Doing Things On Your Own Should Be Celebrated, Not Pitied

Our time with ourselves should be just as treasured as our time with other people.

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Despite living in an incredibly individualistic society, it is rare to hear of occasions in which people go to restaurants, sight-see, or head out to a bar… alone.

Humans are naturally sociable creatures. We thrive in groups, and we often reach out to each other in the hopes of making long-lasting connections. This is great! People need people, and completely isolating yourself from everyone can have negative consequences on your mental health.

However, this also means that we tend to latch onto one another in social situations. I'm sure many people would be confused at the thought of going to a bar alone without the prospect of meeting up with friends—but why?

Why is it that people need to be seen in public with other people? Is it because socializing gives us a sense of purpose in being out at all? Is there something inherently shameful about being seen alone?

There certainly shouldn't be.

So much good can come out of spending time in your own company. As much as we love our friends and family, sometimes we need our alone time, and this doesn't always mean that we stay in and binge-watch a new Netflix series. (Although many times it does, and that's totally cool too.)

Sometimes needing our privacy means heading out to get a cup of coffee and sitting in a cafe for hours without waiting for anyone. Sometimes it means visiting that museum you've never been to and soaking up all the art at your own pace. Sometimes it means that you need a break to sit with your thoughts.

So why do we feel such immense pity whenever we see someone standing alone?

If we see someone at the movie theater with their bag of popcorn and no clear sign of expecting anyone, why do we assume that means the person is a loner?

Maybe that person just wanted to enjoy a film they've waited years for, and maybe they couldn't watch it to its fullest extent with their best friend asking questions about it all the time. Maybe they had a rough week and want to sit with their popcorn—no questions asked.

Regardless of the reason, we should not be pitying anyone who stands apart from the crowd in a public space. Rather, we should remember that our time with ourselves should be just as treasured as our time with other people.

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