The only thing surprising in the article, Why Fiction Is Good For You, in boston.com is that scientists are studying this subject. Then again, someone is always studying something.
I always knew that fiction was good, based upon the fact that I like to read. Now, researchers have proven this fact (even if the science deniers won’t agree--because they won’t like the conclusion).
One conclusion of one study states:
...fiction serves the function of “making the world a better place by improving interpersonal understanding.”
And another concludes:
“...Reading narrative fiction allows one to learn about our social world and as a result fosters empathic growth and prosocial behavior.”
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.