Have you ever disappeared between the pages of a book and felt the anxieties of your immediate world fade to the edges? You emerge, 25 or 50 or 100 pages later, feeling renewed, refreshed, and ready to move ahead, fueled with the insights gained through vicariously experiencing an alternate reality. Most bookworms can attest to this curative power of reading. Increasingly, experts are discovering that, while readers may be imagining characters and worlds, we’re not imagining the health and wellness benefits of reading, it’s a fact.
Identifying with fictional characters’ emotional experiences can open readers’ hearts and minds to how others feel. In other words, reading can cultivate empathy for others.
Books can go wherever you go, and they can transport you to worlds beyond your own. To all the world, it appears you’re sat on the busy Northern Line in rush hour, but in your imagination, you’re traveling far beyond the boundaries of the three-dimensional world. And those experiences can benefit you emotionally and physically.