All These Benefits: Reasons To Read More (Part Two)
February 20, 2014

All These Benefits: Reasons To Read More (Part Two)

In part one of this, I wrote about the serious benefits to reading. Now, let’s talk about the fun benefits, which are also serious and important.

Fun Benefit #1 – Reading improves imagination.

As we read, we see, feel, and experience that about which we read. This inspires our imaginations to create the characters and scenes and stuff so that we see them, and oftentimes we end up becoming them as we read. That imaginary vivid impression often inspires our imaginations in other ways through art, research, work, and general social relationships. Imagination can impact so much more than just our creative sides. Imagination helps us think critically, too.

Fun Benefit #2 – Reading allows us to do what we can’t normally do.

Because we can read about anything, from science fiction to fantasy to nonfiction to realism and all in between, we have the opportunity to do what we can’t do in our normal lives. For instance, I am not an astronaut, but when I read a sci-fi novel about space travel, I get to do just that. My imagination allows me to go to space as I read about the story and characters in my sci-fi novel. Another example comes in the form of magic. I can’t do magic, but when I engage a fantasy novel, magic is all around my imagination. I can do magic when I read fantasy.

Fun Benefit #3 – Reading allows us to explore other places.

One of the best things about reading is that we get to “go” to other places, places we have never been or may never have the opportunity to see. Reading allows us to step out of our homes figuratively and travel to places unknown, unseen, un-experienced. We explore these others places through the words. The fact that reading helps to take us to new places is incredibly cool. Heck, reading even takes us to places that don’t exist (think Middle-Earth) as well as places no human has set foot on before, like Mars.

Fun Benefit #4 – Reading is a getaway.

That’s right; reading is a getaway. For those minutes we spend engaged in our books, we getaway from the hum-drum of our everyday lives. Now, our everyday lives don’t have to be awful to want to get away. In fact, many readers love their lives. But the experience of engaging in a book is so great that even fabulous everyday lives are worth getting away from sometimes.

Fun Benefit #5 – Reading inspires us.

Sometimes after I read for a bit, I feel such inspiration to write my own story, and I cannot deny that inspiration. Sometimes the inspiration leads me to exercise, spend time with loved ones, or create art in other ways. Sometimes the inspiration manifests in the excitement at learning. Reading = inspiration = learning.

Fun Benefit #6 – Reading is just fun.

That’s all I have to say about that.

Sure, watching TV is easier, but reading provides way more benefits than just sitting there watching TV. Reading benefits us in serious ways as well as fun ways. Reading is simply great. We all need to do a better job at inspiring others to read as well as helping others to understand why they should read. We should all read more.

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Rayshell E. Clapper is an Associate Professor of English at a rural college in Oklahoma where she teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition classes. She has presented her original fiction and non-fiction at several conferences and events including: Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium, Southwest/Texas Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Regional Conference, and Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. Her publications include Cybersoleil Journal, Sugar Mule Literary Magazine, Red Dirt Anthology, Originals, and Oklahoma English Journal. Beyond her written works, she successfully created a writer's group in rural Oklahoma to support burgeoning writers. The written word is her passion, and all she experiences inspires that passion. She hopes to help inspire others through her words.

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