The book is the means of transport that can take us to the greatest number of destinations. And that we value the least. Yet it allows us to meet other people, experience other worldviews and visit other universes. Certainly one of the best gifts for anyone who knows how to appreciate it and the best companion in any circumstance.
Reading is that door that opens onto endless possibilities: magical universes, stories from the past and futuristic visions. It is the key that opens the lock of uncertainty, the inspiration that strikes us sometimes with force. This object is a powerful evocator of emotions that reminds us, page after page, that we are alive.
Immersing yourself in an ocean of letters is an experience that rarely leaves us indifferent. A book moves us, surprises us, makes us think and sometimes changes our life.
With books you can create, build and understand
A book nourishes us, questions us, offers us other perspectives. Reading enriches us, above all, if we immerse all our senses in it. Because reading diagonally, quickly and casually, isn’t the same as connecting with what the author has captured on every page.
Enter the minds of the characters, imagine the context in which every detail takes place, recreate the conversations with a certain vividness or simply deepen that theory or concept that they intend to convey… Reading really involves that and well Moreover.
Reading is creating, imagining, understanding, having empathy, but above all building. It is a dialectical process between author and reader, a conversation in which one gives and the other receives. The latter then becomes the manager of the book.
As psychologists Paul Watzlawick and Marcelo Ceberio affirm in their book The construction of the universe , reading and its reflections are structured as a process of co-construction between author and reader.
An entire work of art from which the two participants get to know each other in order to build together the product, which is nothing other than a message with values.
The psychological benefits of reading
Reading is a pleasure. An open door to learning which can lead us to exciting scenarios and which seduces, enriches and nourishes our brain. In fact, reading strengthens mental processes such as memory, reasoning and perception. It also has the power to “open your eyes”.
Psychologist Ignacio Morgado, director of the Institute of Neuroscience at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, tells us that certain areas of the brain are activated when we read. For example, the occipital and temporal cortex help us recognize the meaning of words. The hippocampus and the temporal lobe, to interpret what has been read, solicit our memories.
For their part, the amygdala and other emotional areas allow us to read sentimental texts and to feel emotions. Whether these are fictitious or not. On the other hand, the prefrontal cortex and working memory are activated when we try to reason about what has been read.
In addition, according to a University of Toronto study published in the journal Trends in Cognitive Science , reading fiction improves empathy and certain abilities. Indeed, this literary genre provokes in the reader’s mind a simulation of different social worlds and leads to a better understanding of social experiences and relationships.
And that’s not all. Reading also significantly reduces stress, according to a study by the Sleep Council , if done half an hour to an hour before bedtime. In addition, reading is an activity that distracts the mind from the pressures and worries of everyday life, as it offers a haven of freedom and comfort.
Another benefit that one can get from reading is building better vocabulary. All the more so if we vary from one literary genre to another. Indeed, links are established between the words used orally and those that one reads. This enriches our lexical field and indirectly improves our spelling.
We also cannot forget the influence that reading can have on our creativity, our imagination and our emotional sphere. There are many benefits that we can get from the act of reading. In addition to a feeling of fun and entertainment.
A book is a silent companion that we bond with at some point. Like every link, it ends up transforming us in one way or another. Reading gives us shelter, transports us to other worlds, and expands our minds.
It is not for nothing that Gandhi said that if you don’t read nothing happens, but if you read often, many things could happen to you. Because reading is a continuous learning and the springboard that pushes us to know other perspectives.