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Friday Frivolity: Fiction is GOOD for you!

Recently, the New York Times published an article on the neuroscientific effects fiction has on the brain. The upshot is, fiction doesn’t rot your brain, it stimulates it.

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As a lifelong bookworm, I’m doing a little happy dance in my chair. Clever metaphors, evocative words, intense emotions felt vicariously through readers…it all has a positive effect on the brain, stimulating multiple areas at once and giving us the next best thing to living out these experiences in real life.

My husband is always giving me a hard time for binge-reading fiction while neglecting non-fiction. I do agree that whenever I make myself read non-fiction I enjoy it, but fiction is my passion—and now I can come back at him with proof that all my fiction reading (apart from being excellent research for writing) is worthwhile.

Happy Friday to fiction lovers everywhere 🙂

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5 thoughts on “Friday Frivolity: Fiction is GOOD for you!

  1. hannahkarena on said:

    I read that article earlier this week too. Wasn’t it interesting that it also claimed movies–but not TV shows–stimulate children’s brain, too? Yey for fictional stories in all forms!

  2. Lifelong? Remember how I struggled to get you to read for fun … then The Boxcar Children took you away …

  3. Yes it is, Hannah, I wonder what the difference is? Maybe all those commercials in TV shows drag you out of the fictional world too much to maintain that immersive experience?

    And quiet, Mom! You’re ruining my self-image. 🙂

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