Everyone Should Be Reading More!


In an article called 7 Unconventional Why You Absolutely Should Be Reading Books on The Huffington Post by Laura Schocker, she gives seven reasons why people should be reading books more.  Her seven reasons are:

1. Reading can help your ability to ‘read’ others thoughts and feelings

2. Reading can chill you out.

3. It could keep your brain sharp.

4. It might even stave off Alzheimer’s disease.

5. Reading may help you sleep better.

6. Getting lost in a good book could even make you more empathetic.

7. Self-help books, on the other hand, can ease depression.

Now i don’t know about reading helping your ability to ‘read’ minds, but maybe ‘read’ other people’s feelings.  I do however agree with the other six ways reading can help you.  I love to read, and nothing feels better than sitting on the beach in the summer with a great book.  It is the ultimate relaxing technique and always relieves my stress.  I also agree with reading keeping your brain sharp.  I have heard many people say that doing crosswords and word finds help you keep your brain sharp so I have no doubt that reading would do the same thing.

I feel like people aren’t reading as much as they used too, and in a poll done by HuffPost/YouGov poll they surveyed 1,000 US adults and found that 28% of them haven’t read a book in the past year!  I found that crazy! Over 1/4 of people haven’t read a book in the past year, I feel this number would be even higher if more people were surveyed.

So lets make it a point to read more this year.  Pick up a book and dive in!



3 responses »

  1. That is very interesting I am not really sure how it could help you read other thoughts and feelings but it would be interesting to find out. All the other seem pretty correct, reading always helps me sleep and I was always told that there are studies that show reading helps you concentrate and learn. If it is a good book and you like reading I think it is always a good thing to always be reading something even if it is just an article.

  2. It can be argued that people read more now do to technology then they did before, because of all the posts on social media and other articles online. But I agree with you. I know that I don’t read a lot, I never really enjoyed reading and I still don’t all the time. But when I find the right book reading is fun and relaxing. We read constantly without really thinking about it. But I feel that we all need to read a real book every once in a while.

  3. If these seven reasons to read are true, that is amazing. I try to read as much as I can, but as a college student, it is hard to find the time to sit down and read a book. However, when I do feel as if I have some down time to read, I almost feel guilty, as if I should be reading my text books instead of reading for pleasure. Most of the reasons seem to be logical, except for the first reason. I feel that reading can not give you the ability to read people better, so the first reason for me is a bit questionable.

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