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1. Your brain on fiction
Believe it or not, reading fiction is a super beneficial activity, and doesn’t get anywhere near the credit it deserves.
It may come as no surprise that readers of fiction have superior vocabularies, but the magnitude of this effect is nonetheless striking. According to the massive data set at http://testyourvocab.com, frequent fiction readers can have vocabularies almost double that of non-readers: