I had a friend once describe reading novels as “empathy training,” and that’s certainly been my experience. Reading a novel is putting yourself in another person’s head – experiencing the world as they do, suffering as they do, loving as they do. It stands to reason that an avid reader will have an easier time seeing matters from another person’s point of view, and understanding – of not agreeing with – them.
There’s a nice article on Time saying much the same thing – with an added bit about helping people to become more focused and thoughtful as well.
So give your brain a little training today – pick up a book!