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Thursday, June 28, 2018

How Reading Books Can Make You Live Longer And Fight Depression

reading, stress, health

We are living in a world where days seem to be shorter. People these days have no time for reading novels or comic books, because of the distraction brought by smartphones and the Internet. Recent studies have shown that reading fictional books effectively relieves anxiety, stress and encourages empathy.

Several studies proved that reading books can increase one's lifespan by up to 3 years.

 The mode of thinking used while reading books encourages relaxation and tranquility. The abstract way of thinking while reading texts was proven to improve one's empathy especially when one is reading a novel from a first-person perspective. It is like falling into a trance and being lost for a while without the need for stimulants.

Classics such as Les Miserables, One Hundred Years of Solitude, The Stranger and many others offer some of life's bitter lessons. The novel as a medium to relay these lessons is very effective and highly therapeutic for the human mind and soul. Other than novels, some nonfiction or reference books written with wit such as Napoleon Hill's Think And Grow Rich can improve one's character and change one's view of life.

Some readers of this article would ask, Well I'm not a book person....where should I start? The answer is: Go check out websites like Goodreads or Shmoop. Reading as a habit will change your life for the better! Start with the classics and frequently recommended books and your journey as a bookworm is right at your fingertips!

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