Need a reason to read more? Here’s one: Research says that reading fiction makes you more creative and more open-minded. So if you want to impress your friends and family and make the world a more compassionate place, read on!

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Reading fiction allows readers to be more creative and exercise better judgment, claim scientists

  • A new study by University of Toronto scholars and lead researcher professor Maja Djikic, found that reading fiction, even if it’s only a short story, were less rigid in their thinking and more comfortable with uncertainty.
  • Regular readers also appeared to be more creative thinkers and less prone to snap judgements.
  • The study suggested reading literary fiction is a way to become more open-minded.

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Reading fiction, especially literary fiction, the researchers say, helps readers to become more insightful and expand their perspectives. Confucius said something similar:

No matter how busy you may think you are,  you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.

And, in the words of George R. R. Martin, author of the best-selling epic fantasy series that the HBO series Game of Thrones is based on:

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.

In other words, reading fiction–especially literary fiction–makes you more creative and a better citizen of the world. In fact, it may be the secret to happiness. At least it is for me. What about you? What will you be reading this weekend? xo


Susan Gabriel is an acclaimed southern author of literary fiction who lives in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Her novels, The Secret Sense of Wildflower (a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2012) and Temple Secrets (2015) are Amazon and Nook #1 bestsellers.

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