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4 Big Reasons Why Reading Has Made Me a Better Person

Ever since I was a little girl, I have been fascinated with the idea of other worlds, mystical realms and oddball characters that conquer evil for the sake of mankind. Throw in some fancy prose and the smell of aged paper and I’m hooked. But more importantly, reading allows me to step into the shoes of someone else, helping to broaden my perspective and feel empathy towards others. So, whether it’s a novel on a dusty shelf at the library, an article on a news stand or even just the label on the back of a Goldfish bag (my forever go-to snack) one thing is quite clear: reading has made me a better person. But it’s not just me who thinks so. It’s science, people! According to all types of studies, reading can protect your memory as you age, boost your mood, and even make you more intelligent. No wonder book clubs are a thing! Here are my four big reasons of how reading has made me an overall better human.

 

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1. I know more about the world

 

Reading helps me to stay engaged with what’s going on in the world both economically and politically. Whether it’s an autobiography, non-fiction book or breaking news, I can always stay updated with current events and partake in conversation with others (because it’s “not socially acceptable” to stay inside and watch Netflix for fourteen hours). Knowing more also helps me make educated decisions on a daily basis. Plus, the more you read, the better your vocabulary will be, thus making you more intelligent. 

 

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2. I sleep better

 

It’s no surprise that trying to get some shut eye is a constant struggle. Sometimes I’m able to fall asleep in five minutes and other times I’m belting Celine Dion at three o’ clock in the morning while going through my wardrobe from 2009. I’ve found that cuddling up with a good book right before bed always helps me relax and get at least eight hours of sleep. And trust me, you won’t want to interact with me when I’m a cranky, sleepless nightmare. It’s really for the benefit of us all.

 

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3. I’m in a better mood

 

This pretty much speaks for itself. For me, reading is a good way to spend a lunch break or help pass the time on the commute home. It also helps my mind take a break from anything stressful and tune out any sort of negativity. If it’s a particularly uplifting book, like say, Eat Pray Love, (an oldie but a goodie) then I tend to be in a better mood, and we all know a happy Becca is a better Becca.

 

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4. Reading is magic

 

At what other point in your life can you say that you’ve slayed dragons or fallen in love during the Revolutionary War? Books let us enter different time periods and fantasy worlds, where anything can happen. All you have to do is find a quiet place in your room or at a coffee shop and turn the page. And that my friends, is magical.

 

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