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Article  •  9 February 2022

 

Why a book is the perfect Valentine’s Day date

We share four reasons why you should find love between the pages this year.

Our true loves are books and we believe everybody can find love between the pages. That's why curling up with a book could be the perfect way to celebrate Valentine's Day this year, regardless of whether you're single or have a special someone.

If you’re looking to boost your bond with a loved one or have an adventure from the comfort of your own home, a book is guaranteed to be the perfect date. Here are our top reasons why.

The date doesn’t have to end

Whether you go for dinner or to see a movie, at some point the date has to come to an end. But when you’re enjoying a good book, you decide when it’s time to put it down.

We know that books also don’t last forever, but your next great read is always there on top of your to-be-read pile.

Reading improves your mood

If the romance in the air has got you feeling down, reading is one of the best ways to pick up your spirits.  

It’s no secret reading books is beneficial for our wellbeing, and it’s a simple and mindful hobby that can put you in a good mood.

A survey by the University of Liverpool found adults who read for just 20 minutes a week are 20 per cent more likely to be satisfied with their lives.

One in five people who read said books also helped them feel less lonely.

According to research from the University of Sussex, reading for just six minutes can reduce stress by 68 per cent.

The research also found reading had a stronger impact on reducing stress than listening to music, drinking a cup of tea or going for a walk.

Boost your bond with a loved one

Why not share your love of books with a special someone? Reading doesn’t necessarily have to be an activity you do alone and reading aloud to each other can boost your bond. 

Turn off the TV and put your phone down and really spend some quality time together escaping into a book you both enjoy. Reading also strengthens your empathy as you better understand the feelings of characters, the author and the human condition. 

Empathy in relationships is vital, and according to Psychology Today, it allows you to care about your partner’s wellbeing as much as your own, creating a healthy and deep connection in your partnership.

You can go on an adventure without leaving home

Books can transport you anywhere you want to go from the comfort of your own home. Whether you want to get caught up in a whirlwind romance or travel to another country, there are whole new worlds to discover between the pages.

Escaping into a book can teach you valuable lessons about the world, the people who live in it and allow you to learn more about the type of person you want to be.  

Discover our Valentine’s Day book suggestions here

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