28 September 2014

Here's How Books Can Put You in a Better Mood

I was reading Elite Daily earlier this morning (a great website, by the way, which posts articles that I find very interesting and relevant) and stumbled not-so-accidentally upon an article entitled "Why Readers, Scientifically, Are The Best People To Fall In Love With."

(Read it here.)

I conducted a little investigation and, as it turns out, Elite Daily has a full archive of literature-related articles stored within the website. I sifted through them and plucked out my favourites to share in this post.

Everybody's allowed to have a bad day once in a while. Just in case you need it, here's a quick list of some positive tidbits of bookish news, studies, and other online resources from Elite Daily.

How to brighten your mood in 5 simple steps

1. The Worst Thing Our Generation Can Do To Ourselves Is Forget The Value Of Books
This is some pretty nice insight, honestly. Beware: the article begins with a super-scary statistic that practically made my blood halt in my veins.

2. 27 Reasons Books Are Food For The Soul
Nice and plain and easy. Also take a look at my post "41 Things I Love About Libraries," published about two weeks ago.

3. The 6 Books Every Millennial Should Read This Year
On the off chance that your list of books to read is running low, or if you're seeking different inspiration from an unfamiliar writer, you might find some good ideas sitting patiently within this article. The books here are mixes of classics and recent publications, famous and average . . . go peruse the list.

4. Doctors Are Now Prescribing Patients Books To Read In Order To Treat Their Depression
Personally, I see this as a great idea. Even though novels can't treat mental illness on their own -- as amazing and convenient as that would be -- it's a step forward, and it's worthwhile as long as it assists in at least one depression patient feeling better. Not to mention, there are plenty of books (especially memoirs and young adult fiction books) that sort through the issues of depression, stigma, and psychology in general. You never know what other people will find helpful.
"Bibliotherapy," as it's called, is not on the bleeding edge of mental health research, however. According to the article, the concept was named in the 1910s.

5. Middle-Aged ‘Harry Potter’ Books Would Be Way More Depressing Than The Original Novels
On somewhat of a lighter note (I guess?), this article features humorous artwork that surfaced as a result of the release of J.K. Rowling's Potter-ish short story. The story itself follows a few scenes from Harry's adulthood . . . these images reflect something different.

It's perfectly okay if you didn't actually find these articles uplifting or hilarious. Instead, try these items out:

  • Re-read your old favourite book. Hopefully it has been tried and proven to be truly funny.
  • Take a stroll inside the bookstore, or the library. Go to the café.
  • Rent (or better yet, buy if you haven't already) all of the film adaptations from your long-favourite series, and have a midnight marathon. Harry Potter works. So does any of the hundreds of adaptations of Romeo and Juliet or Dracula. It's your call.

You deserve to be in a good mood, but only you can put yourself there.

If you're in need of a little extra something, read last week's Wednesday Special, "10 Reading Wisdoms to Warm Your Heart."

1 comment:

  1. Books always put me in a good mood! There's so,etching just so relaxing about reading. Great post :)


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