It has been shown that readers are able to cope better with everyday stresses and setbacks, and come up with better strategies when they encounter obstacles. The simple reason is that reading helps them enhance their individual perspectives by expanding their repertoire of useful skills and tools. They are able to cultivate better problem-solving abilities thanks to all the insights they have gathered over years. They are in better alignment with what habits, behaviors, actions and attitudes will help them progress forward.
Reading is not only about ingesting words, but it also involves gathering different viewpoints and experiences either through the author or the characters involved. It helps us look at the world objectively and helps us detach from our narrow-minded singular thought-stream.
As Dr. Josie Billington, deputy director of the Centre for Research into Reading at the University of Liverpool points out, “Reading can offer richer, broader, and more complex models of experience, which enable people to view their own lives from a refreshed perspective and with renewed understanding.”