A book is the means of transportation that can take us to more destinations and that we value less. It is that opportunity to meet other people, know other visions and visit other worlds. One of the best gifts for anyone who knows how to appreciate it and the best companion for any circumstance.
Reading is that door that opens to endless possibilities: magical universes, stories from the past and futuristic visions. It is the key that opens the lock of uncertainty, the inspiration that sometimes hits us with force and a powerful reminder of emotions that reminds us page by page that we are alive.
To immerse ourselves in an ocean of letters is an experience that seldom leaves us indifferent. A book moves us, surprises us, makes us reflect and, on occasion, changes our lives.
“Books are the quietest and most constant friends; they are the most accessible counselors and the most patient teachers.”
-Charles William Eliot-
Reading is creating, building and understanding
A book nurtures us, questions us, offers us other perspectives. Reading enriches us, above all, if we turn all our senses to it. Because it is not the same to read above, fast and in passing, to connect with what the author has captured on each page.
Enter the minds of the characters, imagine the context in which each detail happens, recreate conversations with a certain vivacity or simply deepen that theory or concept that we intend to convey … Read really implies that and much more.
Reading is creating, imagining, understanding, empathizing, but above all building. It is a dialectical process between the author and the reader, a conversation in which one gives, another receives and the latter from there becomes the manager of the book.
As the psychologists Paul Watzlawick and Marcelo Ceberio affirm in their book The construction of the universe, reading and its consequent reflections are structured as a process of co-construction between author and reader. All a work of art from which both participants are known with the aim of building together the product, which is none other than a message with values.
“To travel far, there is no better ship than a book.”
Psychological benefits of reading
Reading is a pleasure, an open door to learning, which can lead us to exciting scenarios and that seduces, enriches and nourishes our brain. In fact, reading strengthens mental processes such as memory, reasoning and perception. In addition, it also has the power to “open your eyes”.
The psychologist Ignacio Morgado, director of the Institute of Neurosciences of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, affirms that certain brain areas are activated when we read. For example, the occipital and temporal cortices to recognize the meaning of the words; the hippocampus and the temporal lobe when, when interpreting the read, memories come to the mind and the amygdala and other emotional zones when reading sentimental texts, independently if they have to do with reality or on the contrary they are fiction. On the other hand, the prefrontal cortex and working memory are activated when you try to reason about what you have read.
In addition, according to a study by the University of Toronto published in the journal Trends in Cognitive Science, reading fiction improves empathy and certain skills, since this type of genre provokes in the mind of the reader a simulation of different social worlds and this entails a better understanding of social experience and relationships.
Not only that. Reading also reduces stress significantly, if it takes place between half an hour or an hour before sleep, according to a study conducted by The Sleep Council. Also, reading is an activity that distracts the mind from the pressures and worries of the day to day, since it offers a refuge to be free and comfortable.
Another benefit that we can obtain when reading is a better vocabulary, especially if we vary between literary genres, since connections are established between words that are used orally and those we read, enriching our lexical flow and indirectly improving our spelling
Nor can we forget the influence that reading can have on our creativity, imagination and emotional sphere. There are many benefits we can get from the act of reading, as well as fun and entertainment.
A book is a silent companion with whom we build a bond at a certain moment and as every link transforms us in some way or another. Reading gives us a refuge, transports us to other worlds and expands our mind. For something Gandhi said that if it was not read, nothing happens, but if it was done, a lot happened. Because reading is a continuous learning and the springboard that drives us to know other views.