3 Reasons Why Books Are Saviors During Tough Times

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Mar. 18 2021, Published 3:00 a.m. ET

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In this wonderful, yet chaotic world lives a small old friend that has survived wars, crisis, and social persecutions.

Thanks to that, that friend is bulletproof.

It has old paper and stained pages or words styled in Times New Roman in PDF. A small old friend that when you find the right one for you it helps you to understand and (at the same time) to question your own persona or the world around you. A book.

There are many meanings behind why reading is always a good choice. It’s something is undeniably satisfactory and never fails to be rewarding.

Here are 3 reasons why books are saviors during tough times.

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Or at least, the way they’ve graciously saved me:

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1. Reading Is A Form Of  Revolution. 

As one of the most outstanding writers ever, Virginia Woolf, once “lock up your libraries if you like, but there’s no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”

In fact, according to Joan Acocella’s “Turning The Page” for The New Yorker, “in the history of women, there is probably no matter, apart from contraception, more important than literacy.”

So every time I find myself immersed in words of a book, of an article or an essay… deep down I like to believe I’m hosting a courageous performance.

Because somehow, it is.

2. Accompanies Loneliness 

In life, you experience numerous changes and adjustments that challenge your perspective and shake your ground.

However, having the comfort of your favorite book, fictional character or dearest author is a source of companionship and ally, as if while being together everything seems less difficult.

All of sudden, you can count not only on yourself but on Jo from Little Women too.

At the same time, readers tend to create communities to share their experiences and comments, this sense of union is highly appreciated whenever feeling down.

In addition, Harper Spero adds for The Huffington Post, “communities provide support to the individuals who are impacted by the daily stress, struggles and chaos of modern life.”

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3. Transports Dreams

For just a short amount of time, reading takes you to a whole different world beyond your own normal reality, that’s how the ordinary transforms into extraordinary.

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Also, while you live through someone else’s life, you meet multiple angles of perspectives and empathize with people you don’t even know but definitely care now.

Moreover, according to Christina Desmarais for Inc., a research from the University of Toronto proves that the study participants who read short-story fiction are essentially more open-minded, in other words, helps with creativity too!

This new viewpoint leads you to a growth cycle. Growth never stops while reading.

As a reader, to think of just a few reasons why doing this activity is good is like asking yourself why the moon, sun or stars are so breathtaking.

Paradoxically there are no words enough to describe the feeling. Reading brings a sense of freedom, gives purpose, and provides your mind a safe place to rest from difficult circumstances — without asking for anything back.

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By: Luisana Rodríguez

As a psychology major and bilingual content writer, Luisana finds joy by researching about lifestyle and wellness topics as well as mental health related content. If she's not writing, she's probably planning brunch dates, cooking up some TikTok recipes, or looking for a new online course to take.

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