It’s not a surprise that statistics are showing a big drop in the number of people reading these days. Just think about all the platforms of information and entertainment that are out there that we did not have fighting for our attention in years past. The excerpt from this article shows us that reading can even improve empathy! So pick up a book Larchmont and be kind and smart!
Below is an excerpt from an article in The Washington Post by Christopher Ingraham that discusses how reading improves empathy:
“A number of recent studies have even demonstrated that fiction — particularly literary fiction — seems to boost the quality of empathy in the people who read it, their ability to see the world from another person’s eyes. And good works of literature, particularly novels, can grant you direct access to another person’s mind — whether it be the mind of the author, or of one of their imagined characters — in a way that few other works of art can.
So if we’re reading less literature, it stands to reason that we may be becoming a less empathetic country as a result. If changing reading habits are indeed making us less able to see things from other people’s points of view, that could have drastic consequences across the board”“
Don’t forget we are lucky enough to have a wonderful bookstore in our hood – Chevalier’s!
Here is a link to some of their book recommendations:
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