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The School of Life London. Life’s too short for bad books – but with a new book published every 30 seconds, it can be hard to know where to start.

The School of Life London

That’s why The School of Life set up a bibliotherapy service: to guide you to those amazing but often elusive works of literature, both past and present, that have the power to enchant, enrich and inspire. In a consultation with one of our bibliotherapists, you'll explore your relationship with books so far and be asked to explore new literary directions. Perhaps you're looking for an author whose style you love so much you will want to devour every word they've ever written. Perhaps you’re about to trek across China and need to find ideal travel companions to download onto your kindle. Maybe you’re feeling disconnected from the world and want to listen to the classics of your childhood during your daily commute.

Whatever your concerns, dreams or challenges, we'll devote ourselves to creating an inspirational reading prescription that's tailor-made for you. Can Reading Make You Happier? Several years ago, I was given as a gift a remote session with a bibliotherapist at the London headquarters of the School of Life, which offers innovative courses to help people deal with the daily emotional challenges of existence.

Can Reading Make You Happier?

I have to admit that at first I didn’t really like the idea of being given a reading “prescription.” I’ve generally preferred to mimic Virginia Woolf’s passionate commitment to serendipity in my personal reading discoveries, delighting not only in the books themselves but in the randomly meaningful nature of how I came upon them (on the bus after a breakup, in a backpackers’ hostel in Damascus, or in the dark library stacks at graduate school, while browsing instead of studying). But the session was a gift, and I found myself unexpectedly enjoying the initial questionnaire about my reading habits that the bibliotherapist, Ella Berthoud, sent me. Bibliotherapy is a very broad term for the ancient practice of encouraging reading for therapeutic effect. Why Books Are Comforting to Anxious People. This is a guest post from Nicole Froio.

Why Books Are Comforting to Anxious People

Nicole is a freelance journalist based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She writes about human rights, feminism, pop culture, and politics. She is an intersectional feminist who blogs at wordsbynicolefroio.com. See more here. Follow her on Twitter @NicoleFroio. Anxiety is a burden many people carry every day. I had always thought this was because of the escapism element stories give their readers. Books to Make You Happy, Productive, Focused, and Smart. When the weather first turns terrible for winter, as it already has here in Minnesota, I need books that make me feel good.

Books to Make You Happy, Productive, Focused, and Smart

I need books that make me feel like I can make positive changes, and I need books that make me motivated get my shit together. A couple years ago, the book that kicked my slump was The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. The book chronicles Rubin’s 12 month quest to become happier, focusing her energy on one area of her like each month and obsessively tracking her results. I thought it was delightful and a little weird, but it made me feel filled with possibility.

I didn’t like her second book, Happier at Home, nearly as much, mostly because fact that she lives an awfully privileged lifestyle hides just underneath the surface. All that said, I can’t help but be a little excited about Rubin’s newest book coming out in March, Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives. Getting Things Done by David Allen The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. Tackling Mental Health Through YA Lit. For years at the public library where I work, we have tried to cope with the behaviors of a young woman, whom I will call Jane.

Tackling Mental Health Through YA Lit

She used to come in every day and was clearly struggling with mental health issues. Such challenges are not new for those of us who work in public libraries. Readers’ Advisory, Bibliotherapy, and Grief in YA Literature – The Hub. The benefits of reading go beyond entertainment and into therapeutic tools when focusing on loss and grief in young adult literature.

Readers’ Advisory, Bibliotherapy, and Grief in YA Literature – The Hub

This year, the practice of bibliotherapy celebrates 100 years* in assisting mental health professionals and readers cope with many issues through informed choices about reading material. It is especially relevant to young adult readers in understanding loss and the grief process. Teenagers today are said to have higher levels of anxiety and depression and informed readers’ advisory creates an opportunity to help teens by using the comfort and familiarity of reading. However, it is not to be misunderstood or considered as true therapy unless a therapist is involved.

Readers’ Advisory, Bibliotherapy, and Grief in YA Literature – The Hub. Reading Books to Kids can Help them Deal with Social Struggles - National Reading Campaign National Reading Campaign. 23 Seriously Inspiring Books That'll Help You Manage Your Anxiety. Why Books Are Comforting to Anxious People. Can Reading Make You Happier? Life's is too short for bad books. Bibliotherapy is the idea that books can be “prescribed” for a certain number of ills—that books can make you happier and more emotionally intelligent.

Life's is too short for bad books

The School of Life in London offers a bibliotherapy service with the tagline “Life’s is too short for bad books.” But you don’t have to travel across the pond for bibliotherapy. Two Houston-area library systems are offering hand-selected book recommendations catered specifically for readers. Here’s how it works: readers fill out an online form with interests, what they’re looking for, books and authors they’ve loved and hated, and number of other options, and a few days later an individualized reading list is hand-compiled and sent by a Houston-area librarian. “We don’t have the numbers of Amazon or Google, and we couldn’t handle that if we did,” said Linda Stevens, coordinator of marketing and fundraising with Harris County Pubic Library. “We’re matchmaking,” Stevens said. Houston Public Library offers a similar service.