In this article we will list 7 of the many reasons why you should read books:
1. Develops empathy
According to a study, reading develops the ability to detect and understand other people’s emotions: a crucial skill for being able to understand and feel at ease within complex systems of social relationships.
2. It helps you make sense of things
Umberto Eco, in the collection titled “Six Walks in the Woods of Storytelling” explores the meaning and importance of reading in human development. Eco says: «But a walk in the world of storytelling has the same function as a child’s play. Children play with dolls, wooden horses or balloons to familiarize themselves with the laws of nature. To become familiar with the actions that, one day, they will have to take seriously. Likewise, to read narratives is to play a game through which you learn to MAKE SENSE OF THE INFINITY OF THINGS that have happened, are happening, and will happen in the real world.”
Reading, then, is like a gym in our lives: we learn to understand reality and its mechanisms and practice facing it.
3. It helps to be open-minded
Immersing yourself in a story is almost a kind of relief, conveying curiosity and anticipation about what we are reading. The human need to escape and take refuge in a “possible world” different from our everyday reality finds its perfect fulfillment in reading.
4. It teaches you that not everything goes the way you want
When we immerse ourselves in a novel, we must always remember that, unfortunately, we are not the ones holding the reins of history. And sometimes that can be painful or disappointing: our favorite character might die or something might happen that we don’t agree with. However, again it is Umberto Eco who tells us that this is another great lesson that reading offers us. Taking the novel “Moby Dick” as an example, Eco says: “If we were to decide the fate of the characters, it would be like going to the office of a travel agency: ‘Well, where do you want to find the Whale, in Samoa or the Aleutian Islands? ? And when? And do you want to kill him, or will you leave it to Quack?” The real lesson of Moby-Dick is that the Whale goes where it pleases.”
5. It is a quick form of opportunity to gain knowledge
Even in the digital age, reading is one of the fastest and most effective forms of knowledge we receive. Thanks to reading, we have access to an infinite variety of different lives, places, times, and we can expand our horizons of knowledge by identifying with the lives of others, sitting quietly on our couch.
6. It helps you change yourself
Reading is a way to know the world, but it is also a way to know yourself better. The words of others in the books we read provoke emotions, reflections, thoughts in us, which allow us to examine our inner selves. Italo Calvino said: “Reading is a relationship with oneself and not only with the book, with our inner world through the world that the book opens to us.”
7. Reading makes us more social
Even in these times, we can discuss, make friends and be together, through the book.