"Our ability to detect and understand other peoples' emotions, and to infer their beliefs and intentions is known as theory of mind. David Comer Kidd and Emanuele Castano at the New School for Social Research in New York tested whether exposure to literary fiction – stories with more complex characters – boosts this."The outcome showed that:
"Those who had read the literary fiction showed a heightened ability to empathise compared with the other groups."I've recently started reading again before going to bed. The Englishman has convinced me that looking at a bright LED screen (i.e. my computer) before going to bed is not healthy. So, instead, I've been reading, which actually really works. I end up starting to doze and once the paragraph starts to get fuzzy, I know it's time for bed. And big bonus, I'm loving it! Having read so much nonfiction/scientific literature while earning my master's degree, I stopped reading anything else. Turns out I've been missing it. There's nothing that can beat the ability to escape into a good book, live out some fantasies, and connect to fictional characters. Perhaps I am even becoming a nicer person because of my reading increase.
I am currently reading The Coral Thief by Rebecca Stott
And before that I read The Hundred Year Old Man who Climbed out of a window and disappeared by Jonas Jonasson, upon my mother's recommendation and really enjoyed it: