Why Reading Is Good For The Soul

Why Reading Is Good For The Soul

"It's like TV in your head!"
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Growing up I used to love to read. I read all of the Harry Potter books while I was still in elementary school and was always in the advanced reading groups in my classes (not to brag or anything.)

Reading was my favorite thing to do, but as I got older I began to do it less and less. I don’t know what exactly made me stop reading. Maybe it was the attached “nerd” stigma that went along with reading or maybe it was that I just stopped caring about books. Whatever it was, I went through most of my middle school and high school years without reading a book unless it was for a class.

Recently, I have rediscovered my love for reading and I couldn’t be happier about it.

Reading is so important and I highly recommend that everyone picks up a book every once in awhile. I know I probably sound like your first grade teacher when I say this, but reading is fun!

Reading is good for the soul, and here’s why!

1. Reading allows you to escape to another world for a little while.

In my opinion, one of the best feelings in the world is when you get so enthralled in a book that you simply cannot put it down. For the time that you are reading a good book, you are not worried about your life and your problems, you are just concerned about the characters and what will happen next. You are a part of their world, whether it be a romantic novel about a couple who lives in North Carolina or a fictional fantasy novel about a boy with magical powers.

2. When you read, you always learn something new.

Whether it be a new vocabulary word or a fact about sea turtles, reading is a way to expand your knowledge and learn something that you may have not known before.

3. You can learn a lot about yourself when you read.

Maybe you’ll come across a quote that really speaks to you, or you’ll read about someone who decides to make an invention and that inspires you to do the same. Reading is a way for you to discover new little things about yourself. Who knows? Maybe a book will be the thing that inspires you to pick a career path!

4. You can learn a lot about other people when you read.

Many people can be ignorant about other cultures and different types of people. It’s hard to understand anything that is not what you are typically used to. Reading knocks down the barriers between people and allows you to enter the world of someone who might not be like yourself. Reading is an amazing way to get a better understanding of other people, places and things that aren’t what you’re used to in your everyday life. Reading, in my opinion, makes people more open minded.

5. It’s a nice way to expand your imagination.

When you’re a little kid, everything's new and exciting. Your imagination is constantly working and you are always dreaming up new ideas. As you get older, you tend to lose that part of you. Instead of dreaming, you face reality. Reading allows you to come in touch with the daydreamer side of you. Your imagination is in full force when you read because you see an entire story in your head.


My point of all of this is that reading doesn’t have to be boring or repetitive. You can read without worrying about a pop quiz or an essay. Reading “just because” can actually be quite enjoyable, and I highly recommend that everyone does it every once in awhile because you never know what you might get out of it!

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80 Nicki Minaj Lyrics Perfect For Instagram Captions

"Yo, you seen my last pic, go double-tap that for me."
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Nicki Minaj lets the world know about her amazing Instagram skills in Beyonce's "Flawless," when she raps "Instagram another flawless pic." Do you have a #Flawless Instagram picture but need a clever caption to go with it? The Queen of Rap has plenty of Insta-worthy song lyrics.

*(Some lyrics have been edited to keep this article "PG". Feel free to look up the real Nicki Minaj lyrics if you hate the radio edit.)


When you want to diss a hater:

    1. "You couldn't get a fan if it was hangin' from the ceilin."
    2. "I'm throwing shade like it's sunny."
    3. "I'm in my own lane, you ain't in my category."
    4. "These (girls) couldn’t test me even if their name was Pop Quiz."
    5. "Yo, people will love you and support you when it's beneficial. I'ma forgive, I won't forget, but I'ma dead the issue."
    6. "Not that I don't got good vision, but I don't see competition."
    7. "I’m Angelina, you Jennifer. Come on (girl), you see where Brad at."
    8. "I look like "yes" and you look like "no"."
    9. "But if you're ugly it's a no text zone."
    10. "If you are my rival, then that means you're suicidal."
    11. "Shout out to my haters, Sorry that you couldn't faze me."
    12. "Trash talk to 'em then I put 'em in a Hefty."
    13. "Like I mean I don't even know why you girls bother at this point. Like give up, it's me, I win, you lose."
    14. "All these haters mad because I'm so established."
    15. "Competition? why yes I would love some."

















When you want to tell people how awesome you are:

    16. "If I'm fake I ain't notice, cause my money ain't."
    17. "You can hate me, but why knock my hustle? I'ma be the queen, no matter how they shuffle."
    18. "Let me make this clear, I’m not difficult, I’m just ’bout my business."
    19. "I'm feelin' myself."
    20. "Excuse me honey, but nobody's in my lane."
    21. "Put me on a dollar cause I'm who they trust in."
    22. "I don’t say “Hi”, I say “Keys to the Benz.”"
    23. "I've been hot since flip phones" "Running this game for 5 years. Guess that's why my feet hurt."
    24. "Hotter than a middle eastern climate."
    25. "My money’s so tall that my Barbies gotta climb it."
    26. "No, I'm not lucky, I'm blessed, yes."
    27."I ain't gotta compete with a single soul."
    28. "'X' in the box, cause ain't nobody checking me."
    29."Excuse me, I'm sorry, I'm really such a lady."
    30. "Honestly I gotta stay as fly as I can be."














When you're hanging with your clique:

    31. "Cherish these nights, cherish these people. Life is a movie, but there will never be a sequel."
    32. "I’m with some hood girls lookin’ back at it."
    33. "We dope girls, we flawless. We the poster girls for all this."
    34. "Pretty gang, always keep them (boys) on geek."
    35. "The night is still young, and so are we!"
    36. "If you ain’t on the team, you playin’ for team D, ’Cause we A-listers, we paid sisters."
    37. "Pretty (girls) only could get in my posse."
    38. "Cause we the mean girls, y-yes we so fetch."
    39. "We fresh to death, down to the shoes."
    40. "Ain't at no wedding but all my girls cake tops."
    41. "Got a whole bunch of pretty gang in my clique."
    42. "Clap for the heavyweight champ, me, But I couldn't do it all alone, WE."
    43. "Put your drinks up, It's a celebration every time we link up."
    44. "I'm with some flawless (girls) because they be mobbin' pretty."


















When you're hanging with your significant other:

    45. "He tryna kick it like a ninja."
    46. "He could tell that I was wifey material."
    47. "Ayo, I just wanna be your first go to."
    48. "You got spark, you, you got spunk. You, you got something all the girls want."
    49. Find me in the dark, I'll be in the stars, Find me in your heart, I'm in need of your love."
    50. "They holler at me, but it's you, you."
    51. "I'm not living right, I’m not living if you’re not by my side."
    52. "I just wanna be somebody that can add to, your wife, be a friend, be a teacher and a fan, too."
    53. "I just wanna be your favorite."
    54. "He was the realest, I was the baddest, we was the illest."
    55. "I know you can save me and make me feel alive."
    56. "Yes I'll be your girl, forever your lady, You ain't ever gotta worry, I'm down for you baby."
    57. "Baby you my everything, You all I ever wanted."

















When you're single and loving it:

    58. "You could be the king, but watch the queen conquer!"
    59. "Thats why I'm crowned queen, and I ain't looking for the prom king."
    60. "I like independent, like July 4th."
    61. "I ain't never need a man, to take care of me."
    62. "He be like, "Yo, you so legendary", But he can tell just by my face he ain't getting any."
    63. "I am not Jasmine, I am Aladdin."
    64. "I don't even brake when I'm backing up, I'll swerve on a (boy) if he acting up."
    65. "So many boys in here where do I begin?"











When you're just living life:

    66. "I never worry, life is a journey. I just wanna enjoy the ride."
    67. "Tonight is the night that I'ma get twisted."
    68. "I’mma keep it movin', be classy and graceful."
    69. "So make sure the stars is what you aim for, make mistakes though."
    70. "And we gon' hangover the next day. But we will remember this day."
    71. "My only motto in my life is don't lose."
    72. "Take me, or leave me, I'll never be perfect. Believe me, I'm worth it."
    73. "I believe that life is a prize, but to live doesn't mean you're alive."
    74. "I wish that I could have this moment for life."
    75. "If I scream, if I cry, It's only 'cause I feel alive."
    76. "I can't believe it, it's so amazing. This club is heating, this party's blazing.""
    77. "It's so amazing, I figured out this world is ours for the taking."
    78. "I am not a girl that can ever be defined."
    79. "I got next, I'm gonna shine."
    80. "This is my moment I just feel so alive."















Cover Image Credit: Nicki Minaj

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From Reggae To Acid Rock, All Genres Are Music To My Ears

Music is something that everyone loves — and this is what it means to me.

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From reggae to pop punk to metal to acid rock, screamo and country, people all over the world are brought together by what we hear: pleasurable sound. Now, in total, there are over 1,200 music genres. No matter what songs you listen to when you're driving down the highway or going to the beach, music is a universal communication that reaches millions every day. But, why is listening to music such a popular activity?

1. Emotion

Everyone knows that one song that'll make themselves cry or even get hyped up. Music is crafted to reach people and have them connect to it on a personal level. Even the joy of hearing keeps others interested, which is what any recording artist wants.

2. The Atmosphere

When at a club, a friend's house, or in your car, there are always go-to songs. Club music is more like pop, EDM, or Electric style, whereas being in your car calls for pop punk or alternative. It is all ultimately your choice.

3. Memories

Deamusicandart.com explains how your brain relates to music which can create memories that last a lifetime: "if you hear a certain song every time you are out with friends having fun you'll start to associate the particular song with positive feelings. The more often a song is played the better chance it has to stick to one of your positive memories and become a hit. This is a trick music industry uses daily. So next time you hear a particular song for the 15th time day, know you might be manipulated into liking it but as long as it's making you feel good, what's the difference really?"

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