How reading helps to boost our empathy

There’s nothing better than settling down with a good book


How reading helps to boost our empathy

As well as helping us to relax, researchers have found that reading helps to boost our empathy.

By delving into the lives of the characters on a page, our compassion is heightened – growing our appreciation of others’ emotions, intentions and experiences off the page.

While non-fiction books didn’t have the same effect, romances and thrillers were found to spur the most reflection in both adults and children.

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