Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Studies Show...

A new study in the journal Psychological Science found that reading a novel for 30 minutes makes you feel connected to the characters, which can help reduce feelings of isolation. In fact, your mood will improve afterward in a way similar to when you hang out with your friends.

I love this study! And I totally agree!

Life is stressful. And sometimes hard. But even when my house (and myself) are a total disaster, if I need a little friend time, I can turn to Sarah Mlynowski or Sophie Kinsella or Laura Caldwell. Within minutes, I can be with a bunch of friends in a tiny apartment in New York, shopping on the streets of London, or exploring the hills of Ireland.

I think this is one of the marks of a really good book, that you really connect to and care about the characters. What an amazing thing!

My next book, My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend, comes out in one short week, and I so hope it will make readers feel this way. Happier in 30 minutes! Awesome!

So, tell me, what characters make you feel happier? I’d love to know.