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Reading strengthens one’s mind and builds vocabulary

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Reading strengthens one’s mind and builds vocabulary

Reading teaches not only vocabulary and phrasing, it also improves reasoning, comprehension and creativity in the brain.

Reading teaches not only vocabulary and phrasing, it also improves reasoning, comprehension and creativity in the brain.

Reading teaches not only vocabulary and phrasing, it also improves reasoning, comprehension and creativity in the brain.

Reading teaches not only vocabulary and phrasing, it also improves reasoning, comprehension and creativity in the brain.

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Like the rest of the human body, the brain also needs exercise. Reading can provide such exercise for the brain, stimulating the parts that control reasoning, planning, speech, movement, emotions and problem-solving. The benefits of mental activity include keeping memory sharp and learning capacity nimble. Reading can also reduce stress while enhancing the brain.

Reading about the diversity of life, new ideas and information helps to develop the creative side of the brain as it absorbs innovation into the thinking process, perhaps the best benefit of all. Reading is an active mental process.  Unlike watching movies or television, reading makes the brain work. By reading, one thinks more and becomes smarter.

Freshman Lindsey Young said, “Books usually have more details that aren’t particularly shown in movies. When you read, there aren’t any pictures or clips to watch, so you have to use your imagination. It makes things more interesting when you make your own mental picture.”

Common examples of mental images include daydreaming and the mental visualization that occurs while reading a book. Creating mental images while reading can improve comprehension.

Librarian Kellie Fase said, “Reading definitely helps build your vocabulary and helps you become a better writer. Also, it’s sometimes an escape because you become absorbed by the book.”

An improved vocabulary and increase of creativity and imagination are direct results of an established habit of reading. Reading provides sustenance to one’s literary background, helps one in understanding concepts and enlightens the mind.

“I think reading is important because as I read different kinds of books, I learn a variety of new words and it helps me become a better writer. Reading is also important to me because it opens new worlds of imagination,” said junior Dominique Bontog.

“It enriches vocabulary and you learn from others’ beliefs. Most importantly, you learn more about yourself,” said Junior High counselor, Joyce Hall.

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