Fall is finally here and what better way to celebrate the cooler temperatures than with a great book and a mug of hot cocoa? I know that the school year is now in full swing and the homework piles up, but it is important to set aside an hour or two out of each week to read a book. Reading is extremely beneficial in many ways, plus it serves as a fun experience.
It relieves stress.
One of the many things I love about reading is that it becomes an amazing stress reliever. Although it seems difficult for me to find time to sit down and read I try my best anyways. A few hours absorbed in a book helps me forget about all my troubles for awhile. Books can take you to new places. One day you’ll find yourself strolling along the streets of Paris and another day you might be walking through the corridors of Hogwarts. Reading essentially gives your mind a vacation. Pick a book that you know will relax you. After reading, I feel more relaxed and more prepared to take on any challenge that comes my way.
The best way to learn is to read. There are hundreds of book that will teach you anything you want to learn. Books contain so much knowledge that waits to be released. Gabriella Hunter, a senior in high school, says “With reading you can self teach and self discover. You can essentially educate yourself through reading.”
Struggling with the English, Reading, and Writing sections of the ACT or SAT? Read a book. Reading is a great way to improve your writing and your vocabulary. When I was studying for my SAT and ACT, I always struggled with reading and writing. They were consistently my worst subjects and continued to pull my scores down. My mother was the one who suggested that I read more to improve. At first I was dubious of the advice but I saw no harm in trying. I began to read more and began to see improvements in my scores. My English score on the ACT was near perfect and my writing score on my SAT rose 50 points. I was amazed at the results.
Reading teaches people about different cultures and different ideas. When we read about different characters involved in different scenarios we become better at understanding people and situations. Reading helps us gain insight into people’s minds. Ryan Tsao explains that reading, “gives me [ an example of] other people’s views and ideas.” We learn a lot about how other people look at the world through reading.
It expands your mind.
Reading opens a window to other worlds. Imagination and creativity are both improved through reading. A book starts out like a blank canvas that writers paint with their words and ideas. Anything becomes possible in a book. Reading can give you new ideas and help you think outside of the box. Story sharing has been a tradition for centuries among every culture. Books are a continuation of that tradition. Open your mind by reading a book and let your imagination run free.
Reading is truly an essential activity with many benefits. Next time you find yourself with nothing to do, try picking up an interesting book.