It turns out that reading a book may not just be an activity that we readers do for E and E (escape and/or enjoyment).
is actually good for our health,
our mental and physical well-being. Reading
7, 2016 issue
of Time Magazine, Sarah Begley wrote an article entitled “Read a novel: it’s
just what the doctor ordered.” She observes that it’s long been known reading boosts vocabulary, sharpens our
reason and expands “intellectual horizons.” However, scientists are looking to
explain how fiction improves mental health.
Bibliotherapists believe that fiction can be used to change lives on a profound level. This is more art than science. The scientific evidence behind reading for mental health is limited, but researchers are continuing to explore the benefits and possibilities. Reading an uplifting romance novel, for instance, might not be a cure for depression, but can make you feel happier--which contributes to mental health and inner peace.
Kirsten Salyer wrote an interesting article entitled “It’s a mean, sometimes sad world—but reading can help.” This appeared in Time’s
issue. The author notes that children’s books can help youngsters deal with
anxiety, fear, and life’s problems of personal trauma and grief. She provides
examples of books which offer young readers relatable characters who deal with
hardships and sorrows in positive ways and guide children in facing their own
struggles with resilience and hope.
So if you’re feeling depressed or just plain bored with the everyday hum-drum of life, try reading a book (preferably one of mine since I believe in happy endings). You’ll feel better.
Recommend a book to a friend as well. Nothing beats a shared experience. I prefer to read romance, mystery, or novels that combines both attributes. However, there are many varied good choices.
Thoughts and comments most welcome!