Why you should try reading books

Everyone reads to some extent, we read because we crave and need information.

Maybe it’s a political thing, a novel to relate to, a book on sleep, a First Aid manual, a Best Movies of 2019 list or a study on why something works. Alternatively, you can gather information through people on TV, but I prefer reading and I’ll tell you why you should give it a try.

0. Books have stopped bullets.

They don’t actually. I jokingly believed this until I researched it. Basically, books aren’t thick enough. There is that one famous American guy, that got shot and a book prevented the bullet from killing him. Though… he probably made that up.

1. Reading books helps loneliness.

I struggle with loneliness very much, I’ve always felt quite alone despite having people around me. Books always helped, books helped me learn in school, but at home they let me be someone else! or be somewhere else! How cool! I’ve always been obsessed with Star Wars and wow.. I don’t know where I’d be or who I’d be without it.

“19% of readers say that reading stops them from feeling lonely. This is backed up by a study analysing social connectedness which found that reading books significantly reduces feelings of loneliness for people aged 18-64.” R’1

2. Mental Health Benefits

Reading for pleasure combats stress and depression, imagine that! Ask your doctor for a book next time you visit.

“An online poll of over four thousand people from a representative sample in the UK revealed that regular readers for pleasure reported fewer feelings of stress and depression than non-readers, and stronger feelings of relaxation from reading than from watching television or engaging with technology intensive activities.” R’2

3. Empathy

Studies have found that people who read a lot are more disposed to charity work than those who barely read at all. It’s interesting because they don’t have an answer for why this is. My guess is that reading about other’s experiences triggers that caring part inside all of us and then they motivates us to help others.

“Studies have found that reading for pleasure enhances empathy, understanding of the self, and the ability to understand one’s own and others’ identities.” R’3

Thank you all for reading, take much care and may God bless you.

– Lewis

Photo by Anton Darius | @theSollers on Unsplash


1. [Hilhorst, S, et al. (2018) A Society of Readers Demos p. 12]

2. and 3. [Billington, J, (2015) Reading between the Lines: the Benefits of Reading for Pleasure Quick Reads, University of Liverpool]

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