Reading For Pleasure: A timeless refuge

“Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it's a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it's a way of making contact with someone else's imagination after a day that's all too real." 

In today's world, where we are surrounded by screens and noises, there's something about getting lost in a good book. Reading provides a sanctuary of tranquility and introspection. It is  an activity that transcends generations, cultures, and technological advances offering a refuge from the relentless pace of modern life. Reading is a gateway to a multitude of benefits that enrich our lives, enlighten our minds, and nourish our souls. Whether you're lost in the pages of a captivating novel, absorbed in the insights of a non-fiction work, or immersed in the wisdom of poetry, the act of reading bestows upon us a wealth of emotional, and social rewards. Reading for pleasure is not just an escape rather it is a journey that enriches the mind and broadens the heart. It is a multifaceted gift that, when unwrapped, reveals a world of possibilities and transformation. Reading for pleasure is a wonderful and enriching activity that can bring joy, relaxation and countless benefits to individuals of all ages.

As the saying goes “Reading is to mind, what exercise is to body”. One of the most enchanting aspects of reading for pleasure is its ability to allow readers escape into other worlds and immerse them in captivating narratives. Diving into a thrilling mystery, exploring the far-off worlds in fantasy novel or literary fiction transports individuals to fantastical realms where their own anxieties are momentarily suspended. At its core, reading is a means of exploration. Through books, articles, essays, and other written works, we can venture into realms we might never physically visit and engage with ideas we might not encounter otherwise. Whether it's historical fiction transporting us to a bygone era or a scientific journal unraveling the mysteries of the cosmos, reading enables us to broaden our perspectives and acquire knowledge beyond our immediate surroundings.

Reading also provides an opportunity for relaxation and stress relieves. Immersing in a captivating story allows readers to temporarily distance themselves from their own worries and concerns. In times of uncertainty books can serve as a companion and confidant, offering comfort when facing life's challenges. Taking time to sit down and read a good book provides a healthy outlet for processing emotions and coping with stress, allowing individuals to find inner strength, and develop resilience in tough times. Additionally, reading for pleasure can also have a positive impact on mental health and well-being. When we read interesting stories or think about new ideas, it helps our brains work better and makes us better at thinking things through.

Furthermore, the act of reading can be a form of self-care, allowing individuals to escape into different worlds, explore new perspectives, and gain a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them.

Learning new things and growing as a person is something we do our whole lives. Reading for fun is a big part of this. When we read, we can keep learning new skills, picking up good habits, and understanding ourselves better. Reading facilitates the cultivation of a lifelong learning mindset. By engaging with a wide range of topics, we embrace the idea that there is always more to discover. This mindset fosters adaptability, resilience, and a willingness to embrace change. The act of reading has the remarkable ability to bring people together. It serves as a catalyst for social connection and community building. Through book clubs, shared reading programs, online communities and literary events, reading not only enriches our individual lives but also provides us with a means to connect with others, share experiences, and build a sense of community. As we continue to navigate an increasingly interconnected world, the act of reading remains a timeless and powerful tool for fostering social connection and nurturing a sense of belonging among individuals and communities alike.

To conclude, the joy of reading transcends mere words on a page. It’s about enjoying storytelling, marveling at human imagination, and enriching the mind and soul. Reading for pleasure is a valuable and rewarding pursuit that offers a multitude of benefits for individuals of all ages. Through reading, we learn new things, understand more about life, and feel strong emotions. This can change our lives in big ways that last a long time. As it has been beautifully said, "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." Whether you want to relax, learn, or escape, picking up a book and immersing yourself in its pages can be a transformative experience.
Degree of Thought is a weekly community column initiated by Tetso College in partnership with The Morung Express. Degree of Thought will delve into the social, cultural, political and educational issues around us. The views expressed here do not reflect the opinion of the institution. Tetso College is a NAAC Accredited UGC recognised Commerce and Arts College. The editorial team includes Chubamenla, Asst. Professor Dept. of English and Rinsit Sareo, Asst. Manager, IT, Media & Communications. For feedback or comments please email: