How Reading Makes You Happier

Through thick and thin and three lockdowns, there have been a select number of things that have kept us entertained...and one of them is books. We know that by reading you can get engrossed in an amazing story, or even learn a thing or two, but reading actually makes you a happier person (as long as you find the perfect book for you). Here are some reasons why reading has the power to put a smile on your face when you're feeling low.

Positive Distraction

Distractions are thought of as being bad, but that is not always the case. Especially at the moment, being distracted from everything that has been happening lately is a very welcome task. Finding a book that can whisk you away and take you to a happier place will in turn make you a happier person. Everyone needs a little escapism, so find a story to help you along your way.


Imagination

Reading gets you thinking and feeling. It can send your mind to a creative place that you didn't even know existed. For anyone, reading can bring out that artistic side and make you inspired to try other things. Maybe a scene in a book is so captivating that you feel as if you must paint a picture of it? When we decide to start a new project with a new idea, we instantly become more joyous as we are giving ourselves a fun task to accomplish.


Relaxation

Relaxing can come in many forms. However, relaxing while still being mentally stimulated can sometimes be quite difficult. After a long day at work or school, unwinding with a good book can be a great way to gradually make you feel more grounded and ready for bed. It's pretty clear that being relaxed makes people happy and as soon as you can destress yourself, the better you will feel in the long run.


Learning

Obviously, we at Survival Super Squad love books that we can also learn from and learning can be really fun. Take a subject that you have always been interested in and find a book that can capture it perfectly. Not only will we be happier while we are learning about a subject we love, but we will also be happy when we get to use that information in our everyday lives. Just remember to learn a topic that you are actually interested in!


Reduces Depression

Studies have shown that people who read are '21 percent less likely to experience feelings of depression'. Reading is such a natural and positive way to experience happiness and keep us uplifted. Everyone should find a book that they love to read and build on that to keep them going. You don't have to read everyday, but having something to turn to when you need it is always going to be a great happiness booster!


By Pia Talbot



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