The 10 Benefits of Reading Fiction… for your mental, emotional and physical health


Reading is an activity that can be done anywhere. It’s a great way to escape from the world, and it can even be a form of meditation. (#3 is MY favorite!)

Reading fiction is especially beneficial because it stimulates your imagination, which in turn stimulates brain function in different areas of the brain…

1.  It improves emotional intelligence

2. It sharpens mental focus

3. It reduces stress

4. It enhances empathy

5. It improves creativity

6. It boosts memory

7. It slows cognitive decline

8. It lowers blood pressure

9. It increases overall life satisfaction and well-being

10. Reading fiction can help us live longer

There was a study that found that reading a novel can reduce stress levels and increase emotional intelligence in adults.

It also found that readers who identify with the characters of the novel will feel less stress about their own lives and more empathy for others.

So keep reading the books you enjoy. It could help you live a healthier, happier life!

Books by Rob Kaufman