Why Reading is Good for the Soul

By Evelyn Melvin

Reading should always be a part of your daily agenda, here’s why…

According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, reading is defined as the act of reading. Whether it is interpreting a situation or learning something, everywhere you go in the world you will have to read. We honestly owe everything we know to books. Don’t believe me? Well, let’s dive into the subject. If no one in the United States knew how to read, there would be no bibles to tell the world about God, no magazines informing you of the latest trend, no history books to help you understand exactly what happened at each battle known to man, in fact, there would be no books at all. Why would authors sit around and write a book if no one knew how or wanted to read it. So, as I said before, we owe it all to reading.

Writing things down was not actually a big deal until, according to Joshua J. Mark of Ancient History Encyclopedia, 35,000 BCE. Although, this form of “writing” was only pictures of animals and people, so not really writing so to speak. The evidence behind that were cave paintings and things of that nature. According to Joshua J. Mark, actual written language didn’t actually come around until 3500-3000 BCE. This written form of language was called cuneiform. Before writing things down became something needed, it was all by word of mouth. It was a ‘he said, she said’ ordeal, no one really knew if it was true or not. Nowadays it would be hard to talk about the history of our nations by just word of mouth. So many things could be skewed and untrue. That is the reasons books are good for you, learning is a part of life and books can help you with that.

How many of us can say that they read at least one book once a week? Not many I would presume, and this is because reading has died during recent years. No one wants to pick up a book and get lost in it when they can listen to music, watch television, or go for a run. Now, I am not saying that exercise, music, or your current favorite television shows are insignificant because they are in fact important.  America today has really forgotten the importance of reading a book at all. We no longer care about the books that used to make us feel alive. But why am I pushing the people around me to read? Simple, I want them to live in a book for once, want to be a character, understand the things they want to, not just from hearing it but from reading it.

Reading is good for the soul for so many different reasons, for example, it gets your imagination and creativity juices flowing, it’s a stress-reliever, and can aid your enjoyment. There are more reasons than this of course. There are some scientific things reading even helps with. Things like improving your vocabulary, making you smarter, and even helping your critical thinking skills.

There are books out there that help with everything known to man. You are feeling stressed? Easy,  go and read Don't Sweat the Small Stuff and It's All Small Stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking Over Your Life by Richard Carlson. Are you feeling in love? Go read a little book called, The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks.  This is the reason why books are good for your soul. Anything you hear, probably came from a book.

How many of you can relate to The Never Ending Story (1984)? This movie is about how a young boy became a part of the book he was reading. He got pulled in to the adventures with all of the characters. This movie is a very literal example of how a reading a book can affect you. Some of our best movies come from books. If you ask anyone who has read the books, well they will always say the books are better than the movies. Examples of this would be the Harry Potter series, the Eragon series, the Narnia series, the Lord of the Rings series, and the Hobbit. Each and every one of these books are good examples of stories to get lost in.

If people really truly believe that reading is futile, they are obviously not readers. There will come a time when you are older and frail, you can’t physically move so much, and you’ll come to realize the little things matter. Being able to sit in your favorite seat, cuddle up with your favorite blanket, and open up a book, is a blessing that you won’t forget. There are other ways to escape from the current world you live in, and I will forever preach my favorite way, by reading.