7 Reasons Literature is Good for You [VIDEO]

Curling up with a good book is expanding your mind – in more ways than one.

Oct 7, 2014

There's nothing quite like curling up with a good book – especially as the weather gets cooler. Whether you're into fantasy, drama or sci-fi, chances are you're reading for enjoyment – but did you know that literature is actually good for you? This student video from the edgy School of Life explores reasons that we read books, and what they can do for us. This list is a selection - watch the funky clip above for more inspiration. 

1.      EMOTIONS & EVENTS
Literature gives us access to a range of emotions and events that it would take us years – decades, even – to experience ourselves.

2.       TIME TRAVEL
Literature lets you speed up time – to see the arc of a life from childhood all the way through to old age.

3.       HEALTHY COMPARISON
Literature helps you assess life in relation to that of others – without ever actually meeting them.

4.       CITIZEN OF THE WORLD
Literature takes you across continents and centuries – turning you into a true citizen of the world.

5.       DIFFERENT POINTS OF VIEW
Literature shows us other points of view.

6.       HEARTS & MINDS
By sharing their literature, writers open our hearts and our minds, giving us maps to our own selves.

7.       WISDOM & GOODNESS
Literature is a tool to help us live with a little more wisdom, goodness and sanity.

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