A story published in the Guardian.co.uk today says that those that read fiction have increased empathy.
Participants in a Boston university where given an extract from two of my favourite children’s authors – JK Rowling and Stephanie Meyer. They were then tested on a number of scales and results showed that those that read JK Rowling’s extract from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone identified themselves with wizards, magic and broomsticks, where those who read Stephanie Meyer’s extract from Twilight identified with blood, the undead and fangs!
So for those of you that need more encouragement to read, reading fantasy fiction improves your empathy to what you are reading about – which is a little strange when your are reading about characters that are, well, fictional! However, being more empathetic towards over people can only make you a better person in everyday life, and who doesn’t love getting lost in something fantastical!
One of my English Literature teachers in college said he loved reading because it let him understand more about the world he might never get a chance to see, and I couldn’t agree more!
So what ever your genre of choice, pick up a book today and make yourself more empathetic.
Thanks for reading,
Love Rie Reviews xx
Read the full story here: http://bit.ly/rpYeqA