Quick tip: Add a little fiction to your day!

Author: Hayley Alexander

If you’re an avid reader, it should come as no surprise that research shows that reading can be good for your mental health and general wellbeing. But this may depend on what you are reading.  

 

Based on several studies that can be found in Sage Journals, the evidence supports that engaging with works of fiction, in particular, can “increase reader empathy” and gives us a “better understanding of shared humanity and common struggles.”  

 

An article for Harvard Business Review also states that “reading literary fiction is an effective way to enhance the brain’s ability to keep an open mind while processing information, a necessary skill for effective decision-making.”

 

According to The South African College of Applied Psychology, reading 20 pages a day offers countless benefits. In summary, Healthline lists these benefits as follows:

 

  • Strengthens your brain, helping to prevent age-related cognitive decline 

  • Improves Feelings of connectedness

  • Lowers rates of depression

  • Lowers stress levels

  • Promotes higher self-esteem

  • Helps with sleep

 

Whether you prefer to read biographies or let your mind wander in fictional fantasy, it is recommended that you choose material that you enjoy and find inspirational. So, do yourself a favour and pick up a book!

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