The Team here at the office are rather unsurprisingly of the collective opinion that reading is good for you.
Reading of any kind actually, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, magazines and more.
It seems the scientific world concur this line of thought and last week, our Editor, Simon was meandering through a New Scientist (12 Oct issue) and he came across an article confirming precisely that, specifically in respect of fiction.
It referred to literary fiction as being a source of good feeling. Apparently, digesting a good book temporarily enhances ones ability to empathise with others emotions and to infer their beliefs and intentions, which is known as Theory of Mind. It seems stories that have complex characters boosts this mental boost.