The study of the brain and behavior suggests that a person’s ability to read a story can influence how they behave, but the study does not address the question of how reading improves mood.
The study, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, found that reading a story that made them feel happy made them more likely to report that they felt good, which may have implications for mental health.
“When you read a positive story, your brain processes that as a cue that something positive is going on and that positive experience can improve mood,” said lead author Jonathan G. Siegel, a professor of psychology at the University of Southern California.
“So reading that positive story could lead to more positive feelings, like a feeling of being happy, even though you’re not feeling it.
The effect is greater if you’re reading a positive or positive story about yourself.
It’s not just about the story.”
The study included 1,300 participants who read stories about themselves and others to assess their ability to understand them.
Then, the participants were asked to rate their emotional state and then read another story to assess whether they felt happy or depressed.
They were also asked to fill out a survey to assess how much they read a particular book a week.
The researchers then asked the participants to rate how much their emotional states changed from week to week.
Sixty-three percent of the participants read the same positive story three times a week for five weeks, and the other 59 percent read the story three or more times a day for three weeks.
In addition, participants were also given information about how to improve their mood by reading stories that improved their mood.
Overall, reading a happy story increased their positive mood by 3.3 percentage points, and reading a negative story by 2.4 percentage points.
“We don’t know if the positive or negative effect is more than a placebo effect,” Siegel said.
“But the results suggest that reading positive stories increases our ability to regulate our emotions and reduce negative mood.”
The research has several limitations, including the participants had to be older than 18 and had to have a high school diploma or equivalent.
The participants had a range of emotions ranging from mild to severe, such as sadness and anxiety.
The team also had to take into account whether participants were able to read the stories as they were being written or had other reading problems.
The findings also cannot be generalized to other types of stories that are read before reading.
The research is limited to reading a single positive or happy story per week.
This is not a generalizable pattern to reading other types.
The next step is to test whether reading stories with positive or neutral effects on mood has any effect on how we experience others’ emotions.
The authors note that the findings suggest that a positive and negative story might not be different, but might be the same, and that it is possible that the same process could take place for stories that made you feel good or negative.
“These results suggest, for the most part, that the effects of reading positive or sad stories can be broadly applied to any story that involves feeling good or being sad,” the researchers wrote.
“Therefore, reading positive and sad stories may lead to a more positive and happy state of mind.”
In addition to Siegel and his colleagues, a team of researchers at Harvard University published an analysis of the data from the study last year.
They found that, in addition to reading positive books, people who read positive stories also tended to be happier.
This was true for both negative and positive stories, although negative stories were associated with worse mood and more negative affect.
The Harvard researchers concluded that it’s possible that a reading of positive stories in a setting that was positive for both emotional and mental well-being could have an effect on mood, and thus increase mood.
“It’s really interesting to think about how we might use this research to improve our own mental health,” Sengupta said.
This article was written by Jennifer Zollman.