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Secrets to Confidence, Empathy & Happiness

Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow

in more light.

–Vera Nazarian

Reading can bring us happiness, increase empathy and give us the confidence we need. Scientific America  published an article suggesting the data from a study conducted by social psychologist Emanuele Castano in New York found that reading literary fiction can improve our levels of empathy and social skills. This way we are able to relate better with others and build stronger, lasting and meaningful relationships and impact how happy we feel.

Reading can also change alter our neuron connectivity in a positive way as seen in the video below. In another study led by neuroscientist Gregory Berns, (Director of Emory University’s Center for Neuropolicy) he found that a novel can transport the reader into the shoes of the protagonist, not just figuratively but from a biological aspect as well. Reading about something that we may want to do might actually make us more confident in the execution of the action.

We keep reading, both in good times and bad; because reading can really help to improve our confidence, cognition, empathy and happiness.

Keep reading!


Hi, I'm Dr Joanna Sun, Co-author of the Singapore Environmental Assessment Tool. I am very passionate about working towards improving the care of people with dementia, and I hope my work will make a difference.

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