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How Can Reading Boost Your Happiness Hormones?

Posted by Bijal Shah on

How Can Reading Boost Your Happiness Hormones?

Here's a little infographic of how reading can help boost your happiness hormones! Don't underestimate the power of reading! And next time you're feeling low, consider picking up a book. Happy Reading! You might like our other Q&A posts in our Ask the Bibliotherapist Blog: What are the Benefits of Reading? Why Fiction As Escapism is Healthy If you enjoyed reading this you might find Book Therapy’s online Bibliotherapy, Literature and Mental Health course helpful. If you'd like to find out more about me, do check out my profile here or drop me an email at bijal@booktherapy.io. 

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What are the Therapeutic Benefits of Reading?

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What are the Therapeutic Benefits of Reading?

Recently a reader wrote in asking about the benefits of reading and specifically: What are the benefits of reading? What impact does it have on us, in terms of increasing our ability to empathise / heal from past trauma? In what ways can it be therapeutic? Reading has tremendous benefits beyond therapeutic ones, but I focus on these here, given the questions are focused on reading as therapy: Q: What are the benefits of reading? A: Like mindfulness, reading has a plethora of benefits from exercising the mind, deepening empathy, relaxing us and forcing us to slow down, to perhaps...

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Why Fiction As Escapism is Healthy

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Why Fiction As Escapism is Healthy

Is fiction as escapism healthy? A reader recently contacted me with the following questions: What makes you pick up a fiction book? Have you ever selected a fiction book as a means of escapism from your problems? Many people read fiction as a means of escapism from daily problems and challenging circumstances. Do you think this practice is healthy? If yes why, if no why? Are there any downsides to using fiction as a way to escape our reality? I answer each one in turn. Q: What makes you pick up a fiction book? A: Often fiction offers that gateway to another world,...

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