I went to the beach a few weeks ago. In my bag, I packed some business books and one fiction book to read while relaxing on the beach. My mind was full of the previous day’s work. I reached down and started reading my fiction book, forgetting my non-fiction reading books. Why? Find out below.
Reading fiction actually allowed my brain to relax and get lost in a story that had no ties to my previous days. I was able to think better the next day, because I let my brain relax. Don’t believe me?
According to Salon.com:
“A trio of University of Toronto scholars, led by psychologist Maja Djikic, report that people who have just read a short story have less need for what psychologists call ‘cognitive closure.’ Compared with peers who have just read an essay, they expressed more comfort with disorder and uncertainty—attitudes that allow for both sophisticated thinking and greater creativity.”
“Exposure to literature,” the researchers write in the Creativity Research Journal, “may offer a (way for people) to become more likely to open their minds.”
So put down that business book and get lost in a good story today. It’s good for your mind.
What’s your favorite fiction book?