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Fictional writings are diverse, uncertain and ambiguous. This leads to creating the ideal environment for creativity inside our minds. It decreases our need for cognitive closure, strengthening our mind.
Reading fiction also leads to having more evolved procedures for processing information in our minds.
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Imagining stories activates the particular regions inside our minds that facilitate better understanding of others and seeing our surroundings with a new perspective, equivalent to putting oneself in someone else's shoes.
Hearing a good story makes us remember information for a long period of time. Studies show that regular readers have better memory, and a 32 percent lower rate of mental decline.
With just six minutes of silent reading, a person can lower their heart rate and ease the tension in their muscles by about 68 percent.
Reading non-fiction before bed makes us project into the future, and increases our anxiety levels.
Reading fiction creates activity in the left temporal cortex region of the brain, which is associated with language.
Reading makes a large majority of people feel good, more satisfied with life.
Reading fictional tales with diverse characters makes a reader more tolerant and open-minded towards marginalized groups.
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