Reading to Heal


authorMBAs an experimental project,
I created an Instagram account
under the handle:



The purpose of this account is to show that reading can be healing in many different ways. Personally, I find reading healing and I was curious if other people thought so, too. I interview friends, family members, classmates, and urge them to send the questionnaire to others.

The questions are as follows:

  1. Do you find reading to be healing? Why and how? If not, why?
  2. Have you ever tried to heal yourself through reading? If so, was is successful?
  3. Which genre of books are most healing for you and why?
  4. What was the most healing book you have read and why?
  5. What are you currently reading? Did you choose this book because you thought it would be healing?

For the full responses,
visit @readingtoheal on Instagram!


Mia, 20HEAL 4
New Hampshire

“I believe healing is a process that occurs when one embarks on a journey to fix a piece of themselves physically or psychologically.”

“I find reading exceptionally healing because it allows one to escape to a different world or gain insight to a subject they did now know much about prior to their research. I feel as though I need to heal myself when my mind feels lost or detached.”

“Reading has the uncanny ability to enlighten and give me hope for the fu25899336ture.”

A book that helped me heal:

When Breath Becomes Air
by Paul Kalanithi.”


Kristin, 50HEAL 6
New Hampshire

“The more you read, the more you learn.”

“I’ve read books that have taught specific life changes that I try to implement regularly which better my physical being and change the way I think. However, it is a continuous process and effort to keep the changes permanently in place.”

The most healing genre of books for me are on diet, nutrition, and lifestyle chanGrain Brainges. For me, implementing what I’ve read into my life has made a strong impact on how I physically feel.”

A book that helped me heal:

Grain Brain
by Dr. David Perlmutter


Morgan, 20HEAL 10
Pennsylvania State University

“I find reading healing because I can find answers to myself through what I am exposing my mind to.”

“I have never specifically intended to heal myself through reading.”

“I find life experience books under the genres of historical, autobiography, and realistic fiction to be the most healing.”

A book that helped me heal: The Grace to Race

The Grace to Race: The Wisdom and Inspiration of the 80-Year-Old World Champion Triathlete Known as the Iron Nun
by Karin Evans & Madonna Buder

“It is about an elderly nun that ran Iron Man races and thus about her strength and power.” 


Emma, 21HEAL 2
New Hampshire, USA

“Reading can expand one’s mind and outlook of the world through learning about a new topic, seeing a new way to approach situations in life, and gaining an understanding about someone else’s world.”

A book that helped me heal:The Body Keeps the Score

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk helped me overcome an enormous amount of healing. I think it resonated with me so well because of how Dr. van der Kolk was able to relay comprehensive and multifaceted data on trauma and its nuances in a cohesive way. It was a very validating read for me, which helped empower and heal me.”


Jackson, 22
MontanaHEAL 3

“Healing can be anything! It’s personal.”

What I consider ‘healing’ is most likely different than what someone else believes it to be. For me, healing can be some sort of material object, person, idea, action, that I use to remove a void or a loss in life. I can heal through a 1/5 of Jim Beam, books, reconnecting with friends or family, cheeseburgers, traveling, or buying a new puppy.”

“For me, reading gives me the ability to take my mind off of the less-than-awesome parts of life and, in a way, escape reality for a moment or two. A book can also give me hope for the future. Many times, life can throw a curve ball. I have found that books 28257707can give me a new direction or optimism to tackle some new career, passion, or hobby!

A book that helped me heal:

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck
by Mark Manson


Kimberly, 23HEAL 5

Reading has always helped me get through tough times. I have always turned to books, sometimes just so I could escape for a little bit and calm down enough to get perspective. Other times, I have purposely sought out a book that might help me understand myself better and get me closer to healing.”

“Generally though, reading is just a constant balm to my soul.”The Diving Bell & The Butterfly

“Interestingly enough, the book I am currently reading is not for pleasure, but for my Literature and Health course. It is The Diving Bell and The Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby and it is a book I would recommend to anyone. It is a beautiful and heart-wrenching account of locked-in syndrome. I have rarely been so glad to read a book in my life.”


Anastasia, 18HEAL 7

“Reading is an amazing way to discover indispensable truth for oneself.”

“I believe the best works of literature for healing are ones that lead to the progression of one’s thinking, ones that allow a person to alter and measure their story, and ones that encourage people to delve into their plot and intervene it from their own perspective.”

Reading is a highly individualized process. For me, reading literature takes me back to a point of deep realization of myself, that I love, appreciate, and believe in. It one that brings in new facts and learning to my brain and ensures my freedom. I’ve been exploring esoteric literature, which has shown me how this universe works on a deeper level. I think this type of psychology is designed for healing.”

A book that helped me heal:

Alice in Wonderland
by Lewis Carol.

“This book always returns me to deep cognition and restores my confidence in mad perspective when I feel crushed by reality.”LemonadePixel_Dividers-06

Marissa, 22HEAL 8
New Hampshire

“I find anything that centers my mind and essential self to be healing.”

“For me, I find healing through practicing yoga, exercising, laughing with friends, cooking a good meal, and more recently, reading. All of these activities distract me from the anxious voice in my head and allow me to focus on the present.”

“I find self-help books the most healing. I love learning how I can improve my quality of life.”Happier

A book that helped me heal:

Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment
by Tal Ben ShaharLemonadePixel_Dividers-06

Noel, 25HEAL 1
New Hampshire

“Reading allows me to learn about life’s hardest lessons without actually going through the hardships.”

“When in need of self-reflection, I turn to reading for more life lessons and to look for something, anything, to stimulate me. This heals me in ways I could never otherwise have access to in my own life.”Ishmael

“Tales of far away places and challenging mysteries always take my mind away from the torment of reality.”

A book that helped me heal:

Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit
by Daniel QuinnLemonadePixel_Dividers-06

Overall, I have found that most people believe reading to be healing.

Some think it depends on the book, others are unsure, and few people’s health and sanity completely rely on reading. I have received outstanding results. Curiously, a lot of people have written back saying that they did not correlate reading and healing and that it is a unique project to participate in.

Send YOUR responses to or below!


blonde vs books header blue and green small



Leave a Reply