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The benefits of reading

posted Apr 19, 2017, 8:47 AM by Madelyn Koester

While reading can sometimes be boring and tedious, it can also be very beneficial. Reading can have many positive aspects. According to an article on Reader's Digest, it gives muscle to your memory, relieves stress, boosts your vocabulary, improves empathy, can encourage life goals, helps you get more connected and can brighten your day.

Reading also has the ability to keep your brain young. According to a recent study from Rush University Medical Center, adults who spend their downtime doing intellectual activities (like reading) had a 32 percent slower rate of cognitive decline later in life than those who didn’t. Another study by Robert S. Wilson, Ph.D., professor of neuropsychology at Rush University Medical Center, said that older adults who regularly read or play mentally challenging games are two and a half times less likely to develop Alzheimer’s Disease.

I personally like to read if it is an interesting book or subject. I think the reason why most people don’t like reading is because they can’t find something that interests them. Some people don’t like to read because they think they are too slow, while other people think they just aren’t good at reading.

I believe that if people want to succeed in something, they should practice. So, if you are one of those people who don’t believe they are “good” at something, I encourage you to practice at it everyday. It doesn’t have to be very long, but if you try at it, you will eventually see improvement overtime. Also, if you can’t find something that interests you, you could ask a librarian so they could try and help you find something that suits your interests.

Reading is crucial to succeeding in most things. Not only does it help you become smarter, but it also is good for your brain and could possibly benefit your mental health in the future. Overall, I would encourage everyone of all ages to find something that interests them and to read more. It could help you now and in future circumstances to come.


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