We all need friends who will be there for us when we need them. Friends are there to listen to your thoughts, comfort you and give you advice without any judgement. While our friends are the support system we need, it is no surprise that books can also fulfil the duties of real friends. Books play a major role in shaping our unique personality just as a best friend does. Good books enrich our minds and broaden our perspective towards life and what’s even better, one can never feel lonely in the company of great book.
During unprecedented times, while lock-down restrictions are in place, it has been especially difficult to confide in friends, so for the isolation period, why not find a friend in a book? Here are some of the qualities that help books to become a friend for life:
Imagine a friendship without judgement. A relationship with no questions asked will never make you feel judged. “Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood” – John Green. And if you don’t enjoy a book, you can simply move on to a new one – with no judgement from anyone.
Always There For You
No matter what time of the day, books are always there for us. From morning, afternoon, or even the middle of the night, when everyone is fast asleep, you can enjoy the company of books – and they’ll never get tired of you. They are the perfect companion at any time, anywhere and are the perfect cure for loneliness.
They Take You On A Journey
Have you ever been to Paris? Or wander that Hogwarts is like? Well, if you are a Harry Potter fan, we are sure you’ve been there before. With every book, there’s a feeling of fun, excitement, and adventure. No passport or visa needed, just an imaginative mind is enough. Stephen King once said, “Books are uniquely portable magic.” Reading a book transports, us to a different place each time- they are your quickest bet to instantly travel to a new place.
They Give Us A New Perspective
Books can bring us a fresh perspective and change your outlook on life. They let us see something new or something familiar from a fresh perspective. Books offer emotional experience which enable us to empathise with others. A book can take you to another universe. Say goodbye to stereotypical perceptions and get ready to have a global outlook.
Research by the University of Sussex suggests that reading a book for even just six minutes a day can reduce stress levels by 68%. Wouldn’t we want this amazing quality in our best friends? So, the next time you are stressed, pick up a book and make yourself a hot cuppa and let the magic unveil itself.
They Never Question Us
Books never ask question, nor do they question us. Rather, they provide answers to the questions that keep troubling us.
Help Our Minds Grow
As well as being our friends, books can be the best teachers. From historical to medical or even general knowledge questions, we are able to find all the answers we need through books. An extra benefit is that as we read, our vocabulary can grow. As Charles William Eliot said, “Books are the quietest and most consistent of friends; they are the most accessible and wises of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers.”
Books have endless benefits and just like real friends, a book can be companions for life. And while a book can become someone’s best friend, at Carry A Book, books bring people together. Are you a book lover and want to connect with like-minded people? Download Carryabook App in App Store to share your favourite book and grow meaningful connections.