Why Reading is Good for You

sitting under a tree reading clipart


sitting under a tree reading clipart

Emma C

As you have just decided to read this, you may be thinking, “How is reading good for you?” Well, you’re about to find out(obviously).

First of all, reading is a great way to reduce stress. Reading can pull you away from the stressful world of reality and suck you into the great story that you are reading. When you are reading a good book, tension starts to go away and you become relaxed.
Next, reading is a good way to learn, even if it’s not a book that is meant education (like a text book). Books can contain different information. For example, a book on someone surviving the wilderness can hold info on making food or shelter, or a book about a character who is good at problem solving can teach the reader how to problem solve as well.
Another reason why reading is good for you is that it can widen your vocabulary.  The more you read, the more words you gain exposure to, and they’ll inevitably make their way into your everyday vocabulary. Good speech and vocabulary is good for everyday life.
You’d be surprised that reading is actually great for improving your memory. When you read a book, you have to remember a good bit of characters, their backgrounds, ambitions, history, and nuances, as well as the various arcs and sub-plots that weave their way through the story. That’s a lot to remember, but your brain can do wondrous things and can remember these things with relative ease. Amazingly enough, every new memory you make can help strengthens existing ones, which assists in short-term memory recall as well as stabilizing moods. Once an experiment was conducted in which it was found out that people who did mentally stimulating activities like reading experienced slower memory decline compared to those who didn’t.
Also, reading is good for your sleep. If your the type of person who stays up late on some type of electronic with a monitor/screen, you probably have more trouble sleeping. The light from electronics triggers you brain, which registers seeing light as a time to wake up, to keep you up late. Staying up late can cause sleep deprivation which is unhealthy. Reading a few chapters of a book (as long as it is not a real page turner to keep you up reading) is a great alterative.
Reading is a good way to improve your imagination. When you are reading, the book can only try to describe things to you. Your imagination has to work up an image. With practice by reading more, your imagination can get more creative. For example, reading is much better for your imagination rather the watching TV which just displays the image. No imagination growth there.

Now, I hope you have a new point of view on reading and that you will do it more often. Go read! 😀