9 Reasons Everyone Should Read

Today is the fourth day of 12 Days of Book Lists. Yay! This list is 9 reasons that everyone should read. Even those who supposedly “don’t read”.

9. To be a better writer
It’s pretty much a fact that good readers make good writers. I can assure you that most of those who write professionally were avid readers even before they considered writing. Even for school writing assignments, those who read often write better work. Readers generally have better grammar and word choice, a stronger vocabulary, and knowledge of whether a work flows well or has effective style.

8. To expand your creativity
Obviously, when you are constantly exploring the creative genius of others, your own creativity grows in response. You can’t just read about a world created by the individual mind of an author and not imagine what kinds of worlds you would create.

7. To understand yourself
Reading lends itself well to introspection. When you get to explore the minds of characters in a book, you learn how to explore your own mind. When you see characters deal with crises, you can’t help but imagine how you would deal with those crises. By finding which characters you relate to the most, you can find which personality traits that you share with them.

6. To appreciate your life
Similarly to watching the news, reading books makes you aware that your life is not that bad compared to that of others. If you read about someone the same age as you trying to overthrow a corrupted, seemingly all-powerful government, you start to realize that you embarrassing yourself in front of your crush is really not going to ruin your life.

5. To relate to others
I, for one, have a hard time relating to others unless they have very similar personalities to me. But reading allows me to learn how to deal with those whose personalities do not necessarily mesh well with mine.

4. To create more goals for yourself
When you read of teenagers who single-handedly defeat the worst possible enemies while still going to school and continuously building their repertoire of skills, you begin to reevaluate your singular goals of getting rich and starting a family. Of course, those are not bad goals to have, but you begin to realize that you could achieve those goals and still do so much more with your life.

3. To grow the multiverse of your mind
I believe that everyone’s mind contains their own personal universe. That is, those who don’t read have minds that contain singular universes, which are the universes in which they exist. However, those who read have multiverses in their minds. Instead of just containing the home universe, a reader’s mind contains all of the universes in each of the books that he or she has read along with the one’s he or she creates through their expanded creativity, which is also a result of reading.

2. To travel to magical places
Who doesn’t want to travel to mystical lands and whole new worlds? Reading allows you to travel the Earth, as well as trillions of other worlds, from the comfort of your own home.

1. To be more productive
I am a firm believer that reading is an act of the productive. Reading undoubtedly increases productivity, if only because of the plethora of productivity and lifestyle books that exist. Reading is a stress-reliever, a relaxation method, a creativity booster, a creativity inlet, as well as many other tools essential to attaining maximum productivity. Reading and productivity also participate in a positive feedback loop. Reading increases productivity, while productivity gives you more time to read.

Why do you (or don’t you) read?

Creative Outlets

I think that everyone needs a creative outlet. Even if you don’t think you have time to do something creative, you would benefit tremendously from having something tangible that you have created. Creative outlets can present themselves in many forms, including not only the artsy things, but also things like fashion and story-telling. Most people have some sort of art they create even if they do not realize it. For example, I’ve always doodled on my class notes in grade school, but I didn’t realize that this was my creative outlet until I started to deliberately sit down and doodle with a purpose in college.

I have had multiple creative outlets throughout the years. And I am looking to grow this list. I sometimes feel a sort of pressure to create something new building inside my brain. I have found that this need to innovate has only increased as I’ve become older and especially since I have become more productive. When I first decided to not let myself do schoolwork after 5 pm everyday, I got bored. I finished my work before dinner, and all I could think to do after dinner was watch Netflix until bedtime. I realized that I needed to give myself personal projects to act as extracurricular activities.

My current creativity outlets include: doodling, lettering, and blogging. I hope to expand this list to include calligraphy, YouTube, and art-journaling.

I have also gone through a plethora of creativity outlets in the past. The earliest one I can remember is, obviously, coloring. I also remember cartooning and having drawing competitions with my siblings. In middle school, I went through a makeup-obsessed phase. I didn’t wear that much makeup, but I would watch multiple beauty gurus on YouTube and go through magazines and match my makeup to every beauty product recommended. I quickly transitioned to fashion. I had subscriptions to six different fashion magazines (most of which are still sitting in my closet), and I actively created outfits on Polyvore. After this stage, I began to DIY and craft things all the time. I still love making useful things, such as room decorations. At some point in time, I wrote short poems every day, but those were immediately deleted from my computer. I’m pretty sure I made a bunch of jewelry in elementary school.

It is also incredibly important to have creativity inlets. So go watch some Netflix or YouTube videos, read a book, or listen to music. And create something.

What are your creativity outlets?