Developing a Happier, Healthier lifestyle
People do not find reading as an activity worth one’s while. However, there are countless benefits of reading that give people the opportunity to live a happier, healthy life.
Some of the benefits that come with reading include the standard improved vocabulary, focus, and writing skills. Although, there are deeper benefits that come with it. Such as stress relief, helps one fall asleep, and an increase in empathy. Reading is incorporated in everyday life. Whether one is reading a cereal box or a street sign. The best form of reading is for pleasure because the skills for work are maintained and one is being entertained while feeling stress-free.
People feel that reading is an act that is required in day to day life, leading individuals to stray away from reading for pleasure. Yet, there are studies that prove when one opens a book they feel they are transported into a story which can lower a person's heart rate and relax the body. In order to gain the most out of reading, one should pick a topic that one feels good about rather than a book that bores or upsets an individual.
Everyone experiences the terrible feeling of the inability to fall asleep some nights. Studies show that reading helps people with insomnia. This ties back into the stress relief because reading relaxes the mind which inevitably helps one fall asleep. Not only does reading before bed enhance ones sleep, but also helps ones memory grow stronger. It is said that reading can reduce the chance of one developing Alzheimer's because of the strength of a person's memory.
Reading also helps one understand and grow with empathy. This is learned whether its a child or adult. People are able to put themselves in a characters shoes and connect with them emotionally. The reader will be able to experience the struggles and accomplishments and learn to understand other people’s emotions. This is a great skill to have in order to connect with other people and develop socially as a person.
However, reading does take up time and is hard to squeeze in a busy schedule. This is understood, so any form of reading throughout the day would be beneficial, even if it is a sign on the road. Although, there are other beneficial ways of reading. Books also have messages that make people uncomfortable, but that could be easily avoided as long as one monitors what one is reading.
Therefore, people should try to incorporate reading into their daily life to live a happier stress free life and maintain skills they have learned when reading. Reading, although time consuming, is a beneficial practice for all.
J1 Student, Gabriela Mitchell
Abortion is as sensitive a topic today as it was a century ago. While abortion should not be the first option a woman considers, it is ultimately the women’s choice whether or not she chooses to bare a child.
There are many reasons a woman would not want to have a child; maybe they are simply too young or have dreams and aspirations they would like to pursue, they were sexually assaulted, the fetus would not survive until birth, giving birth would be detrimental to the mother’s health, or they are already struggling to provide for their current children. More than 50 percent of teen mothers never graduate high school, which could affect them later in life when searching for a job. This, in turn, would make it harder to provide for the child. In a study of pregnancies related to sexual assault, five percent of women who experience this become pregnant, and this is when a condom is used. Deciding to have an abortion doesn’t mean that someone is or will be an inadequate mother; six in ten people who get an abortion actually have children later on in life. Choosing if and when to have a baby is a personal decision, which only the woman has the power to choose.
While many consider abortion to be classified as murder, this is simply not the case. There are many tenable reasons a woman may choose to have an abortion. A woman should not be expected to put her (or her baby’s, in many cases) life in danger when she knows it is not in her best interest. This could be due to their country’s customs or social constructs, a current financial situation, a less than ideal romantic partner, or because of the memory of past traumas. The course of action taken is completely and undisputedly up to the mother.
There are many ways to prevent unplanned pregnancies, and, in turn, abortions; the use of condoms, birth control, morning after pills, etcetera. But despite best efforts, all forms of birth control is not 100 percent effective. Some situations are unavoidable, and the mother will choose what is right for herself and/or her baby.
J1 Student, Alexandra Hickok
Explicit language in music has become more frequent in recent years. With the youth listening to this music, they are subjected to speak in more vulgar tones and act more violent.
The impact of strong language in music on parent’s children is often a topic brought up in the household. A song becomes explicit when the lyrics are deemed unsuitable or offensive to the listener. Seeing how society has grown more tolerant of what is seen as an acceptable use of words, it is easier for children and teens to be influenced by this form of music.
Children and teens alike are high impressionable at a young age of what they see and hear in their everyday lives. If a toddler hears its parents speak, the toddler will eventually learn how to speak like its parents. What makes listening to songs with strong language and sexual innuendos any different?
With the advancement in technology, the younger generation is listening to music more than ever. The Billboards 100 Hit List for top songs in the country started in 1958, Since 2001 the amount of songs that contain explicit lyrics has skyrocketed by 83%.
Children are heavily influenced by the music they listen to. It is natural for them to adopt the things they listen to and see. If children want the music they listen to, to reflect their character they, need to really evaluate the lyrics. Music effects a child’s emotions, their perception of the world, and their behavior and language.
J1 Student, Jalen Robinson
JROTC is a program where every student is treated equally and fairly. JROTC is hard work, but it also is very fun because there are many different things to do.
Some students do not like JROTC because they have to cut their hair, or the instructors expect more of JROTC cadets than the other students. All cadets learn integrity, respect, honor and many other things. We believe this is a great program for getting cadets military ready, or for students who want to be prepared for their future. Some students want to be in this program because they like to be pushed to work hard. Other students don't like it because they do not like to be pushed to work.
Some students disagree that JROTC is hard work. Some think “what's hard about wearing a uniform and marching”? Well the truth is, it is hard. When students first start they have to learn the cadence, how to stay on step, all the commands for competitions and inspections which they are graded on, and responsibility. JROTC is all about being respectful and responsible.
While JROTC is hard work, it is also a lot of fun. For example, there are competitions, teams, cadets earn community service hours, and cadets learn to be dependent on each other. This is good because cadets must learn to work as a team to have a good flight. Teamwork is one of the most important thing in a flight because without it the flight will not be on step with each other, their cadence will be off, and the cadets will not be together which would throw off the flights marching.
There are also a lot of events cadets can attend that are fun, but can also earn community service hours from events such as, the military ball, the veterans day program, light up the night, and many others. These events are mandatory which means they are graded. If a cadet misses a mandatory even without a good reason, and a note signed by a guardian, they will receive a grade of a zero. If cadets go to most of the events, work hard, and get a lot of community service hours their rank will go up. This means when each cadet wears their uniform they will get to wear their rank and their insignias.
Each uniform day is graded whether it is a service dress, tie/tie tab, open collar, or even P.T day. When cadets do not wear their uniform on the day it is assigned, they can receive a zero for that as well as not going to events.
To solve this problem students who believe JROTC is not hard work or fun should join and see just how amazing it can truly be.
J1 Student, Kaitlyn Wiggins.