If you're an avid bookworm then give yourself a pat on the back because this could mean that you're a nicer person, according to a new study.
The scientists revealed that reading regularly can make you kinder, more empathetic, and able to see things from others' points of view.
The research was carried out by a team at Kingston University in London who quizzed 123 participants on their preferences for books,and plays. Following this, their interpersonal skills were investigated, including how they treat other people and to what extent they consider other people's feelings.
The results found that people who preferred reading were more likely to act in a socially acceptable manner compared to television watchers. These TV lovers were found to be less friendly and less empathetic.
The findings also revealed that the type of book you read also has an impact on your emotional intelligence.
If you want to be extra lovely, you should apparently read fiction because this type of bookworm showed more positive social behaviors. Drama and romance novel readers revealed to be the most empathetic.
Readers of comedy came out on top in terms of being able to relate to others, while readers of experimental books were more able to see things from different perspectives.
"Exposure to fiction relates to a range of empathetic abilities," researchers told the Independent. "Engaging with fictional prose and comedy in particular could be key to enhancing people's empathetic abilities."
The researchers have stressed, however, that the findings did not prove cause-and-effect, as it may just mean that more thoughtful and considerate people are more likely to prefer reading.
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.