Article: Literature increases empathy

One of my favorite recent reads

I believe strongly in empathy–the ability to feel alongside someone else’s emotions. I believe it increases compassion, reduces shame, and fosters strong relationships. In fact, I believe so strongly in empathy that I wrote one of my college application essays on it. Because of this, I was pleasantly surprised to find that reading literature can increase empathy. As the New York Times reports, researches have established a link between reading literary fiction and correctly identifying people’s emotional states from photos of their eyes. Pretty cool!  (Plus there’s a link to take the test yourself.)

Read the article here


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