You can probably remember the feeling of discontent that came when you were assigned literature to read in school. It's hard to find the desire to read old books about old topics when there are exciting new things happening right now, but here are four very big reasons why you should anyway.
Beyond the fact that reading is good for you anyway, there are several other big benefits. YouTube channel The School Of Life asks what literature is really for, and comes up with four great things you can pull from reading these books:
- It saves you time: It might appear to be a time-waster, but literature lets you access and experience a range of emotions and events that would take countless lifetimes to encounter.
- It makes you nicer: Literature gives you the chance to see things from someone else's point of view, which is the best way to develop empathy for others.
- It's a cure for loneliness: Through books, writers are able to help us reflect on who we are. We're all a little weird — and sometimes you can feel like no one else is — but literature opens your eyes up to the truth everyone is a strange and interesting person.
- It prepares you for failure: Fear of failure can be within everyone, but when you read stories of the ups and downs of different characters, you can help show yourself that it's ok to fail. You can see that failure is a part of life.
So crack open a book and get lost in the tales of others. It can help you in more ways than you realise.