Creative Inspiration - Read Your Way Into Another World
Be Moved by Reading
Hop, jump, skip without moving from your curled up reading position. This may seem like an odd premise but reading powerful fiction activates the areas of the brain that are associated with physical activity.
Escaping into the world of characters will have you literally feeling their senses. What's more, joining the heroes on their perilous climb up a mountain can stick with you, affecting the way you think through problems and approach your work the next day.
Fiction that stays with you
The changes that occur in the brain last for a few days after you finish reading. It’s called shadow activity. So losing an afternoon reading “The Lord of the Rings” would actually be like going on an adventure. Emotional connections that are made in the brain can stick with you, influencing how you feel and react long after you have put down the book. The advantages can be quite far reaching, boosting emotional responses and critical thinking. So taking a break from a difficult business problem to get lost in a great story might not be a bad idea.
How far did you travel with them?
Reading may not make you physically fitter but it does increase empathy. The wonderful world of story allows readers to enter the minds of characters, learning about their motivations, joys and hopes and so developing an affinity to them. One study discovered that reading fiction altered personality traits. The participants became sensitive as they related to the characters in the stories.
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Through reading about communities and the inner workings of a character’s mind, readers gain exposure to people, places and worlds that otherwise they might not have access to. All of which takes a bit of imagination which in turn helps foster further creative inspiration.
Get more out of your reading
By blinking more frequently whilst reading you are able to stop your eyes from focussing and zooming in on words, which slows you down. Move your mouse on and off the block quickly (less than a second) to read the sentence.