Can Going to the Library Make You a Better Friend?

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Go ahead, nerd out over the weekend. Becoming a regular reader can signal that you’re more empathetic to others. 

Can’t get enough Harry Potter or Katniss Everdeen? It might mean you’re a better person. Studies show that people who enjoy novels are more empathetic, which can make them more compassionate and understanding friends. Researchers believe the ability to relate to a fictional character carries over into real life, making fiction readers better at seeing a problem or conflict from another person’s perspective.

Book Club

Here are Greatist’s picks for the must-read fitness, health, and happiness books of 2012. 

Lunch Break

Reading is fine and dandy, but put the book down during mealtimes and focus on food to avoid overeating.  


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