“Books are our best friends”, is a very old quote but it never ceases the belief attached to it. They actually are so; No questions, no demands, never doubting upon you but still can give you the answer to every question that was ever created. Yes, not every question is answered but is at least researched upon and the answer to that lies in the books. In today’s time of rising technology, we have everything on the internet even books in the form of e-books but the value of books is still not forgotten. According to several surveys, the amount of reading books today is as same as two decades ago. Google or any search engine cannot always give you the pleasure of what reading a book in your hands would.
“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”
But, reading is not all about just gaining knowledge from wherever possible but, it is also about the mental relaxation and stability one gets through the process. We know how much the physical exercises are important to keep us fit but besides that being mentally fit is as equally important. That’s what books do. They might keep you busy, or help you sleep, or would rather give solutions to your rising problems. They take you to a completely different world and also amplify your understanding and connections to the real world.
For dealing with anxiety or depression, a lot of people consider self-treatment which mostly comes from books and even if they go to a psychologist for help, even they might suggest reading a few books to avoid the negative thoughts that try to take over the mind.
A bibliotherapy is a therapeutic approach with the usage of literature or several other texts in the treatment of several mental health or psychological disorders. It involves the process of storytelling and reading, often combined with writing therapy with the purpose of healing.
Reading specific pieces of literature is assumed to assist patients to understand perspectives aside from their own, be of a difficult past or upsetting symptoms, or experience feelings of hope, contentment, and empathy. It helps the patients to work upon their interpersonal skills such as tolerance of others, sympathy, reading, and understanding their emotions. More generally, reading is additionally thought to boost self-esteem, self-awareness, and feelings of self-efficacy.
It can be an individual or group psychotherapy or even without the guidance of any therapist as it has almost zero (or very few) side-effects. The therapy is never used as a main or primary mode of treatment but often in conjunction with other approaches such as CBT or psychodynamic therapy.
THE PLEASURES OF READING- BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS FOR BIBLIOTHERAPY
Below listed books are either referred to while Bibliotherapy or can even be read as general self-help books.
1. Ikigai – Hector Garcia and Frances Miralles
Ikigai is a beautiful Japanese book that beautifully depicts the purpose of living. This book talks about finding a purpose in life and how that purpose helps you live a peaceful, long, and happy life.
2. The Monk who sold his Ferrari – Robin Sharma
This is a powerful book that makes you wonder what you are doing in life and if you are really doing what you are meant to be doing. This book talks about mastering your mind, following your purpose, self-discipline among other important aspects of life.
3. Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life -Martin EP Seligman
Optimism has both, a positive and a negative influence. In this book, you’ll find a detailed explanation of both the kinds of influences and how you can use them to your advantage, from time to time. You can explore the benefits of the positive-thinking approach and also look at the better side of certain things.
4. The Art of Happiness - The Dalai LamaXIV and Howard C. Cutler
The art of happiness is the combined work of the Dalai Lama and Howard C Cutler, a renowned psychiatrist who posed certain questions to Dalai Lama. Put their views together to create simple yet highly influential ways towards a peaceful and contented life.
5. Good Vibes, Good Life: How Self-love Is the Key to Unlocking Your Greatness- Vex KING
The book is crafted in simple English language but it has made a great impact on readers' minds. In the world today each one of us is facing his/her struggles. The book motivates us to fight back against all the setbacks in life with all positivity in us. The book explains to us the importance of the Power of our Subconscious mind and Self-belief.
6. Dear stranger, I know how you feel – Ashish Bagrecha
Sometimes life takes you through a rough path that puts you in a helpless and hopeless situation. Struggling for help and not knowing when the sun would rise again, some of you are fighting demons that none of us would ever know of. This journey of thirty-letters and poems would never let you feel lonely and would lead you to sunshine again.
7.Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck – Mark Manson
As they say “never judge a book by its cover”, in this case, it literally means so. The title might offend some people but you are gonna love what this masterpiece delivers. Your life seems stressful to be adding more worries to it, right? This book guides you towards the life of your dreams and acquires a whole new perspective with no worries about the unnecessary issues.
"Forget for a moment how books should be read: Why they should be read? The first reason - the first sequentially in the story that follows but also the first in order of importance - is that reading books can be intensely pleasurable. Reading is one of the great human delights." - Alan Jacobs