How Reading Can Improve Your Relationships
The benefits of reading are known far and wide. It makes you less stressed, improves your memory, widens your vocabulary, and makes you empathetic. This list isn’t exhaustive, but in short, reading is great for our mental health. One of the benefits that isn’t spoken about as much is that reading can improve your relationships with other people. Whether it’s your sibling, your husband, your boyfriend, or your parents, books can teach you a thing or two.
Books won't just help you find other people with similar interests. Reading can help you become smarter, kinder, and create long-lasting and fulfilling relationships with the people around you. Some of the ways that reading can help your relationship have been listed below.
It Increases Empathy
Empathy is defined as the ability to understand what another person is feeling. Your ability to relate to what a person is going through. Every individual leads a different life, and we will meet people who are struggling in different ways.
Reading can open your eyes to a wide range of lives that can help you understand the people you meet in real life. Putting yourself in a character’s shoes will help you understand their lives a lot better.
It Improves Your Mood
Reading is known to reduce stress levels and make you feel relaxed. These benefits make reading a perfect activity to practice just before you sleep. When you feel more relaxed, you can fall asleep faster. This helps you rest well overnight and wake up in a much better mood. You can order my memoir by Stephanie Hart and read about the pivotal moments in my life.
It Improves Your Writing
When you read, you not only improve your vocabulary but also improve your writing. While these aspects may not seem too attractive to a non-writer, they’re crucial for a future author. You need good vocabulary and grammar if you hope to see your book published. But, it can also help you convey your emotions in a better way to your friends and loved ones, whether it’s through a text or an email.
It Teaches You Life Lessons
When you read a book, you will read about the character's struggles as well. You read about their mistakes and learn how they ruined something good in their lives. You learn why it's better to tell the truth, rather than hide it. You can thank Darcy for warning you that insulting your crush's family isn't the best way to propose to her (if you didn't know this already).
It Helps You Change Perspective
If you are in an argument or are facing some tough times in a relationship, many of us will focus on ourselves. We need to be able to view the argument from the other person’s point of view. In other words, you need to gain a wider perspective. It can be hard to deal with complex emotions, and reading about your problems can make them seem a lot easier to deal with.
Mirror Mirror: A Collection of Memoirs and Stories is an autobiography that focuses on my relationship with my mother. You can leave behind your comments on specific stories or even the whole book.