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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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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