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Can Reading Make You Happier?

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. 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.

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Miss Peregrine author returns with illustrated collection of fairytales Ransom Riggs is to open the door to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children a little wider with a new book of fairytales set in the fantastical world. Riggs’s bestselling novel – which is being adapted for film by Tim Burton, with a script by Jane Goldman and starring Samuel L Jackson and Eva Green – has sold over 5m copies around the world. Set on an island off the coast of Wales, and illustrated using vintage photographs found by Riggs, it sees 16-year-old Jacob discover the ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children on the island, as well as more details about the children, who may still be alive. Riggs has followed the novel up with two sequels, Hollow City and Library of Souls, and the children’s books arm of Penguin Random House has announced that it has acquired an illustrated collection of original fairytales set in the same world, for publication this autumn. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children grew out of Riggs’s hobby of collecting old photos.

Which languages rule the internet? Google recognises the most languages, across its Translate and Search services – with 348 languages supported on Google Search. The following infographic from Statista explores how some of the world’s biggest websites deal with the globe’s linguistic diversity. Source: Statista In terms of social media websites, Facebook recognises the most languages – some 120 in 2015.

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. 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.

Litsy: If Instagram and Goodreads Had a Perfect Baby Have you been hearing the buzz about Litsy? It’s a social media app for readers (iOS only for the moment, I’m afraid, please don’t yell at me, I didn’t develop the app) that is kind of like if Instagram and Goodreads had a beautiful, perfect baby. You can read a little about it on their website. The Origin of Just About Everything, Visualized The world is full of simple questions that have complicated answers. For example: What is the universe made of? Why do we have wax in our ears? Why Books Are Comforting to Anxious People This is a guest post from Nicole Froio. 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 See more here.

Reading for pleasure - a door to success The benefits of reading for pleasure are far reaching. Aside from the sheer joy of exercising the imagination, evidence indicates reading for pleasure improves literacy, social skills, health and learning outcomes. It also gives people access to culture and heritage and empowers them to become active citizens, who can contribute to economic and social development. untitled VENEZUELANS are famously inventive with words. After 17 years of chavismo, the left-wing ideology of the late president, Hugo Chávez, they have plenty of material. Insults aimed at his “Bolivarian revolution” abound; the regime, now led by Nicolás Maduro, hurls its own ammunition. 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. 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.

2016: Our Year in Poems Every December, we gather excerpts from a few of the many poems published in The New Yorker during the preceding year. Among the selections from 2016, below, are several poems by newcomers to our pages—including Max Ritvo, who died of cancer, at the age of twenty-five, this past summer—and some by veterans, including Rita Dove and the late Seamus Heaney. Subscribers may read these poems in full by following the links, and can access the entire poetry archive here. “San Francisco, 1989: Cancelled World Series,” by Bruce Cohen (January 18, 2016) So citizens munched off paper plates, with dirty fingers.

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