Reading Fiction Can Make You Kinder And More Accepting

A large heart is cut out of a pink border. Within the heart, there are four heraldic banners depicting houses from the Harry Potter series. From left to right: a badger, a snake, a lion, and a bird.

Though reading fiction is broadly understood to be something people do to escape from the “real world,” studies have shown that it can foster benevolent social behaviors — and there might be an evolutionary reason for this.