So, I was looking at the benefits of reading and came upon some interesting studies done by Harvard and other universities. Most people recognize Harvard University as being a reliable source, as it’s not some unknown scam site, and tend to accept their research more readily than a gossip website or magazine. From what I’ve read across multiple studies, it seems that children and adults can grow their brain cells and strengthen them by reading more. The research says that the “reading” that is beneficial is not just limited to biographies and nonfiction. It actually shows evidence of fiction novels having a specific positive affect on the brain’s strength and brain cell growth. This is because it causes the brain to work the imagination and picture an activity or put yourself if the character’s shoes as if you are doing these things or having these experiences.
Here is the link to the Harvard Study, if you want to look into it further:
According to Psychology Today, “The researchers found that becoming engrossed in a novel enhances connectivity in the brain and improves brain function. Interestingly, reading fiction was found to improve the reader’s ability to put themselves in another person’s shoes and flex the imagination in a way that is similar to the visualization of a muscle memory in sports.”
(Here’s the link to my source for P.T. –> https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-athletes-way/201401/reading-fiction-improves-brain-connectivity-and-function )
So, do yourself a favor and read a fiction novel today!!!
I can suggest one of my own if you’d like! *Hint Hint* Okay, that was probably too much, right? lol
Comment below your FAVORITE FICTION NOVEL!!!