The Whirlwind of Words

Can Reading Make You Happier?

Thomas Gaudex
Mar 10 · 3 min read

I started the novel by Jean Hegland, Into the Forest. I’m only on page 52, but already I don’t want to leave the story anymore.

On the author’s website, it is written about the book:

I am one of those readers who take the time to read and reread, sometimes several times, the sentences before turning the pages. I am only at the beginning of the story, but I am already amazed by the author’s poetry.

I think the book will leave its mark on me for a long time to come. Maybe because it’s the story of two sisters who grew up in the heart of the forest. But shh, I won’t say anything about it for those who haven’t read it yet.

These emotions that you can have when you become attached to the characters in a novel.

I think it’s even more touching when the narrator is one of the main characters and tells how he feels. And then when this happens from the first pages of the book, you know you’ll have a wonderful time.

You find yourself caught up in the heart of the character and sometimes you start to feel what they are feeling. Your whole body reacts to these words as they pass before your eyes. Your throat can be tied, your tears can start to flow. Yes, it’s happened to me before, I have a weak heart!

You are happy because the character shares his happiness, you are sad because the character is melancholic, you are afraid because of the character worries about what will happen to him.

You can’t always have the book in your hands, and when you are busy doing other things during the day, you sometimes think about the characters in the story. Sometimes you even miss them. So you’re looking forward to when you can open the book again.

You are transported into a world and you feel emotions so strong that you don’t want to leave it. Kind of like when you fall in love with someone. You turn the pages and hope the journey will take as long as possible. You don’t want to think about the end, but you hope it’s happy.

I don’t imagine there are such good times as when you take a book and let yourself get carried away in the whirlwind of words.

I’m going back to reading, don’t you blame me?

I hope from the bottom of my heart that you have grown up surrounded by greenery because according to one study, you will then be happier adults.

And if by any chance it’s not the case, it’s time to take a book and find a little corner of nature to enjoy every second of your reading.


Stories that matter. Emotion first and foremost.

Thomas Gaudex

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Writer. Dreamer. Editor, Scribe. I like to surf and look at the stars.



Stories that matter. Emotion first and foremost.

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