Powerful prose can lead to happy highs
and heightened emotional literacy, as bookworms have boasted for years. So, perhaps in response to tomes that have taught people how to do everything from influencing people
to seeing the bright side
, author Alain De Botton’s
London-based The School of Life
self-improvement enterprise recently introduced a bibliotherapy program
. Designed to guide students to a more fulfilling relationship with books, the program pairs "literary patients" with consulting "bibliotherapists," whereupon they work together to determine unique reading lists geared towards personal enlightenment. Those unable to matriculate can still write in with "biblioqueries," to which responses are published on a dedicated blog
Hip Hop Therapy:
Pumping jams might not seem like the most effective mode of emotional rehab, but the scholars behind Hip Hop Therapy (HHP)
beg to differ. HHP, a self-proclaimed school of philosophical inquiry, utilizes the genre's steady beats to supply both “emancipatory therapy and liberating education.” Recently, Fordham University
embraced the movement by hosting a student-organized "One Mic, One Movement"
conference that highlighted hip hop's psychological benefits through lyricism, performance, and spoken word. Seminars such as “Poetic Justice: Expressing the Philosophical, Spiritual, and Psychological Underpinnings of Social Justice Narratives from Three Urban Scholar-Artists" were held throughout the day, ending with a concert that showcased artists’ own therapeutic successes.