Poetry Club: Why reading is good for you

Here in Poetry Club at Concordia University, we encourage students to pick up the hobby of reading. We believe that reading books regularly has its fair share of benefits that adds to the enjoyment of it. 

To help you understand better, here are some of the benefits that come with reading:

It’s a natural stress reliever

Reading a book lets you escape from the problems that are causing you stress from the real world. By focusing on the story, your whole mind becomes invested in the book that you’re reading which makes you forget all of your problems. 

You can easily get lost in a well-written story. Try reading an epic novel that has an ensemble of interesting characters. After turning a few pages, you’ll find yourself fully invested in the story and you will slowly forget about your problems.

It takes you to a different place

Reading takes you to different places, whether it be real or fictional ones. The power of storytelling is so strong that it helps you visualize a place without even setting a single foot on it. 

A good story transports you to the world that the author has established through detailed descriptions and effective storytelling. Some of the best examples of this are Middle Earth from Lord of the Rings, Hogwarts from the Harry Potter series and the Land of Oz from the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. 

If you’re dreaming to travel the world, reading a book that is set in a country that you’ve been meaning to visit will help you imagine yourself in that place. That’s why so many readers have stated that they have travelled the world through reading books. 

It expands your vocabulary

One of the best ways to improve your vocabulary is through reading. The more books you read the more words you can learn and add to your dictionary. After encountering some new words, you’ll eventually find yourself using them regularly.

Whichever profession you have, it certainly benefits you to expand your vocabulary as much as you can. Being a well-spoken person can boost your confidence and it makes other people willingly listen to you. This skill will certainly help you in your career.

It boosts cognitive skills

Reading is a form of exercise for the mind because it requires the brain to work for you to understand and remember what you’re reading. That’s why doing this regularly will help boost your cognitive skills.

When reading a novel, you would be introduced to different characters each of which has a unique story, personality, background, etc. This would require you to memorize these things so that you can get a better understanding of the story. 

Aside from memorization, reading also helps you improve your focus and concentration. You won’t be able to keep up with the story of the book if your mind is flying all over the place. What usually happens when you read a book with little to no concentration is that you end up reading a line over and over again because you can’t understand it.