someone with a lot of free time on your hands (like a very young or very old person), this isn’t
too much of a problem. But if you’re someone with a lot of other time-consuming obligations,
like school, or work, or family, it can be hard to find time – or energy – to sit down and read a
When I was younger, I used to read a lot. Like four-to-five-chapter-books-a-week a lot. As a
got older, however, I read less and less. In my freshman year, I was still reading one or two
books a week. Now, midway through March of my senior year, I’ve read maybe three or four
books since the school started in September.
I don’t think it’s a bad thing that I read less now than I did when I was a little kid. For one, I
now spend more of my time hanging out with friends, as well as more time writing stories of my
own. Even so, for someone who loves to read, three books in seven months is not good,
especially considering all of the health benefits of reading. It reduces the levels of hormones like
cortisol in your body, making you feel less stressed. It also helps prevent cognitive decline as
you age, and boosts your mood, vocabulary, and empathy levels.
I’m never going to restore my reading habits to their elementary school levels, and I don’t
really want to, either. But I am trying to make an effort to incorporate more reading into my life.
And if you’re someone like me who loves reading but doesn’t do it enough, maybe you should
consider trying it, too.