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Good News Monday: Fiction Isn’t Rotting Teen Brains After All

Researchers at University College London’s Institute of Education recently reported that teens who read novels rather than non-fiction are six months ahead of their peers in reading skills.

After analyzing data from 250,000 teens in 35 Western countries, they concluded that the 15-year-olds had significantly stronger reading skills than those who read non-fiction, magazines, comics, or newspapers for pleasure. The lead researcher pointed out that fiction requires a person to focus on long, continuous text, which improves not only reading skills but learning to avoid distractions.

This apparently holds true even when a novel is poorly written.

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Good News Monday

Dear Friends,

Are you as tired as I am of always hearing bad news? I’m planning to devote Mondays to sharing something positive.

Today: Contrary to a common perception that millennials (born between 1980-1996; e.g. my kids) are only concerned with partying and Instagram, consider:

  • 75% would take a pay cut to work for a responsible company AND
  • 84% say that making the world a better place is more important than achieving professional success.

Pretty cool!

More good news: It’s almost Tuesday 🙂