Here are ten reasons – and benefits – to bring Book Therapy into our lives
It is known that reading has always done well: it trains the memory, opens the mind, allows you to know more things and gives free space to imagination. What is less known is that there are scientifically proven studies that attest to how Book Therapy is an excellent natural remedy for the treatment of certain ailments that affect many people in the world. Here are ten reasons to enter the bookstore and choose our new best friend.
Reading a lot helps to keep away degenerative brain diseases like Alzheimer's: to say it is a research published in the journal Neurology that has noticed that books lower the development of this pathology by 15%. Obviously the same thing for senile dementia, according to a study by the University of Perugia. Book Therapy has also been found to be of great help in hospitals, where volunteers read aloud to help patients in intensive care units.
Book Therapy is also used in group therapies because it seems to help people open up and share their problems, thus increasing the chances of overcoming them. It is also proven – thanks to a study conducted by the University of Gothenburg – that it is of great benefit for women suffering from certain diseases that affect work performance.
If Book Therapy is useful in the medical field, it also helps improve existence in everyday life. Reading a book before going to sleep helps fight insomnia and facilitates sleep. Did you also know that this good habit reduces the stress level by 68%? It clearly also decreases anxiety levels, helping to relax. Last, but not least, it is an excellent remedy for fighting depression when associated with drug therapies.
Book Therapy is not a thing of our days, but was born from afar: already in the times of the Ancient Egyptians, Ramses II had the inscription "the house to heal the soul" engraved on his library. Not to mention the hospitals at the time of Marcus Aurelius, which had a medical library, and those of 1272 in Cairo, where the Koran was read to patients to make them feel better.