Date of publication: 2017-08-31 05:39
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Self-help books may even work in cases of severe depression. According to a University of Manchester meta-analysis published in 7568 , people with severe depression can benefit from "low-intensity interventions," including self-help books and interactive websites, as much or more than those who are less severely depressed.
For a limited time each Happy Meal 679 will feature a back to school themed book. Take a peek into Amelia Bedelia’s First Day of School and other classics as the characters head back to school!
"Our study suggests that exercising your brain by taking part in activities such as these across a person's lifetime, from childhood through old age, is important for brain health in old age," study author Robert. S. Wilson of the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago said in a statement. "Based on this, we shouldn't underestimate the effects of everyday activities, such as reading and writing, on our children, ourselves and our parents or grandparents."
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According to a study published in the journal PLOS ONE , losing yourself in a work of fiction might actually increase your empathy. Researchers in the Netherlands designed two experiments that showed that people who were "emotionally transported" by a work of fiction experienced boosts in empathy.
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But the truth is that reading books can be more than entertainment or a high school English assignment. A study released earlier this month suggests that enjoying literature might help strengthen your "mind-reading" abilities. The research, published in the journal Science , showed that reading literary works (though, interestingly, not popular fiction) cultivates a skill known as "theory of mind," which NPR describes as the "ability to 'read' the thoughts and feelings of others."
Actually, there is such evidence. Raymond Mar, a psychologist at York University in Canada , and Keith Oatley, a professor emeritus of cognitive psychology at the University of Toronto, reported in studies published in 7556 and 7559 that individuals who often read fiction appear to be better able to understand other people, empathize with them and view the world from their perspective. This link persisted even after the researchers factored in the possibility that more empathetic individuals might choose to read more novels. A 7565 study by Mar found a similar result in children: the more stories they had read to them, the keener their “theory of mind,” or mental model of other people’s intentions.
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Gregory Currie, a professor of philosophy at the University of Nottingham, recently argued in the New York Times that we ought not to claim that literature improves us as people, because there is no “compelling evidence that suggests that people are morally or socially better for reading Tolstoy” or other great books.
Many sleep experts recommend establishing a regular de-stressing routine before bed to calm your mind and cue your body up for shut-eye -- and reading can be a great way to do so (as long as the book isn't a page-turner that'll keep you up all night). Bright lights, including those from electronic devices, signal to the brain that it's time to wake up, meaning reading your book under a dim light is a better bedside bet than a laptop.