Drugs affect the chemical makeup of your brain, and like anything that alters your state of mind, can be highly addictive. Are addictions often promoted? Encouraged? Championed even?
Not in our modern society, but here is one blog post that is all about promoting addiction.
Why? Because this addiction could help you survive modern day living.
I’m talking about reading, of course.
Reading is purported to give you a survival advantage over your fellow man (woman). More on that later. And here you are thinking that books were simply a pleasure item to be enjoyed at your ease. Little did you know that reading, the very action of turning the page itself, can have curative properties (as well as being addictive).
According to ReLit, the foundation for Bibliotherapy, books and reading can combat stress and anxiety, acting as complementary therapy for a range of conditions associated with mental health. A new movement - slow reading - the attentive immersion in great literature can actually be good for your health.
This attentive immersion in books can relieve, restore and reinvigorate the human mind.
Just as well we have bookstore, to keep us stocked up with food for the brain.
At Books@One, we love nothing better than slow reading, slow journalism, slow poetry, slow history books, slow cookery books, slow brewed coffee, and slow lazy evenings curled up with a good read.
But wait…I almost forgot, the dominant advantage over your fellow human being. Those who read books are activating two very important cognitive processes associated with survival and in turn can produce an advantage over their fellow species.
Reading - the slow, deep kind of reading is an immersive experience. Your brain connects images, words and the very tactile process of turning the pages. These cognitive connections can then be applied to the outside world.
Readers have advanced vocabulary, reasoning skills, concentration and critical thinking. All these advantages find their basis in and can be improved by the very simple, pleasurable act of…READING.
The other thing books can do is promote empathy, social perception and emotional intelligence. All of these things can help lead to greater survival instincts, more sociable behaviours and a reduction in stress.
“…apt words have pow'r to swage
The tumors of a troubl'd mind”
John Milton, Samson Agonistes (1671)
At Books@One we are all about less stress, more relaxation, more empathy, improving cognitive function, sipping on great coffee and giving back to the community. That’s why we promote reading and all things BOOKISH.
Here on our blog we will be recommending reads, sharing some of the great things that happen in Books@One, meeting authors, readers and poets, showcasing literary events and even twinning with our fellow bookstores around the world.
Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and/or Instagram for updates on events, readings, courses, bestsellers, new books and much, much more.
This week’s read: New Boy by Tracy Cheavalier.
A Chapter a Day: Association of Book Reading with Longevity, Avni Bavishi, Martin D. Slade, Becca R. Levy. Social Science & Medicine, Vol. 164, Sept. 2016, Pg 44-48. Yale University School of Public Health, Laboratory of Epidemiology and Public.
The Art of Medicine Books do Furnish a Mind: The Art and Science of Bibliotherapy. www.thelancet.com Vol 387 February 20, 2016.