Seven Ways Reading Benefits Your Brain

For some, reading books are a way to escape the real world and the people in it. Interestingly enough, research shows that reading can actually improve social skills to help you deal with those people. One study found that individuals who read fiction may be better at generating what is known as “theory of mind.” Theory of mind is the ability to understand others’ mental states, beliefs, desires, and differing thoughts. It’s a skill essential for complex social relationships. 

Another study found that individuals who read fiction scored higher on tests of empathy than those who read nonfiction.

By Debbie Hampton, The Best Brain Possible

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