The Power Of Reading
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The Power Of Reading

I have recently rediscovered the power of reading and its something I just have to share. As a student I am being told that I have to read my way through college, and I thought, " Yeah that's true but its easier said than done" and for a Youtube, Facebook and anything but reading maniac like myself, it definitely is. But there is a point where you get tried of being mediocre, and I found that reading is the way forward. Not only is it responsible for the success of Ben Carson, who moved from the bottom of his class to the top in just a year and a half, and then on to becoming one of the best neurosurgeons at John's Hopkin's Hospital, it's pretty fun too, once get into it. The most challenging thing I've found so far is to actually take up a book and begin to read, once I've started it's pretty much smooth sailing form there. But if you're like me, and you need to be convinced, here are a few of the powers of reading:

1.Social improvement

The more you read the more you know, and the more you know, the more you can talk about. With all that knowledge from reading you can kiss awkward silences goodbye. Think about it, as time goes by you'll probably know a little about everything, and it makes it much harder for anyone to pull the wool over your eyes.

2.Improves spelling

Though in this day and age 'spell-check' is only a click away, how embarrassing would it be if someone ever asked you to spell a word you know you should know how to spell but you don't. That's an experience I'm sure we all want to avoid. Research done by Luther C. Gilman showed that college students improved their spelling through reading, even when attention is not directed toward spelling. How cool is that, learning without trying, a dream come through is what I call it.

3. Kindles the imagination

Researchers from Emory University in Atlanta, GA, published their findings about the effect of reading on the mind in the journal Brain Connectivity. According to Neuroscientist Gregory Berns, lead author and director of Emory's Center for Neuropolicy, their findings "suggest that reading a novel can transport you into the body of the protagonist." Its quite a magical thing, how your mind is capable of creating what the author describes, and takes you into a whole new world, where anything is possible. A study from psychologists at Washington University in St. Louis concluded that “The imagination has the extraordinary capacity to shape reality." The study suggests that merely imagining something close to our hands will cause us to pay more attention to it and you know what they say " See it, Want it, Achieve it".

4. Brain power

Reading is exercising the mind and research shows that reading can trigger lasting changes in the brain. According to the journal, Short and Long Term Effects of a Novel on Connectivity in the Brain "Reading stories not only strengthen language processing regions but also affect the individual through embodied semantics in sensorimotor regions." These sensorimotor regions are areas of the brain responsible for sensory and motor functions, therefore, reading not only improves your intelligence but can also have an effect on your physical capabilities through advancing brain conductivity.

So if you ask me, I say "Gimme That Book!"


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