Can Reading Make Us Happier?

Wow. Who Knew? (Deutsche Fotothek‎ [CC BY-SA 3.0 de (], via Wikimedia Commons)

Wow. Who Knew? (Deutsche Fotothek‎ [CC BY-SA 3.0 de (, via Wikimedia Commons)

To be totally honest, when I read this long article, about how reading can make us happier, I thought two immediate things:

1) It’s the New Yorker, so they’re looking to fill issues. And they love long articles.

2) It’s another article making much to-do about nothing…yet trying to also pump up reasons to read.

Wow. To make this simpler…do you really need to be “preached to the converted” about how doing anything you like or interests you is going to make you feel happier? Improve your quality of life? To throw around such deep analytical considerations, such as how reading a book “splits us into two parts as we read,” or “the state of reading consists in the complete elimination of the ego,” while promising “perpetual union” with another mind….

To me this is what this article is really about: whether or not your “forcing” another to read for “medicinal” purposes or not, once you are reading, you’re going to continue reading something that interests you…otherwise—forced or not—you’re simply going to stop. I would. I am one of many.

Oh, and this “prescription” has a new name: “Bibliotherapy.”

I’m not saying there isn’t a lot of good in this article or all it talks about, and I get it that researchers love having things to research…what I am saying is that doing anything that interests you or that you like doing will improve your well-being, whether it’s reading, walking, or skydiving.

That’s all.



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1 Response to Can Reading Make Us Happier?

  1. KasimsKorner says:

    Personally I feel they mean that the happiness comes from this imagination that as an adult, you tend to lose. Writers try their hardest to spark your imagination, to take you back to that time when you were still a kid. Or some books help you make sense of life, or understand struggles go through, making you happier with your own life. Just my 2 pennies. I’ve followed, and would be honoured to hear your thoughts on some of my works on my blog (mainly short stories, a bit of poetry, and got a novel in the works). Keep blogging and have a good day 🙂

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