Link: Want To Read Others Thoughts? Try Reading Literary Fiction

Want To Read Others Thoughts? Try Reading Literary Fiction : Shots – Health News : NPR.

Your ability to “read” the thoughts and feelings of others could be affected by the kind of fiction you read.

Neat, short article – people who read fiction regularly show an increased ability to understand others better.  Cool.

My 2014 “Do Better”s

I’ve never really been big on New Year’s resolutions. Even as a kid. I think my subconscious knows I won’t keep them and then I’ll feel guilty about it.

Besides, why load up the new year with heavy demands on willpower? We’ve got only so much of it, and I’m using mine already.

But there’s something nice about taking stock, starting anew, putting a positive spin on my need to keep growing as a person. I’ve decided to call these my “do better” goals — areas where I still want to grow — for 2014.

1. Listen more.
Stretch goal: Talk less. (Ha!)

2. Exercise.
And stretch more – I can tell I’m losing flexibility. Plus I’ve been really lazy about exercising and that’s bad.
Found a cool yoga app on iOS that seems to make people pretty happy – going to try that for morning stretches.

3. Eat plenty of “real foods” mostly from local sources.
I want to expand my use of wonderful vegetables and historic grains, and make it all taste awesome. Because life is too short to eat bad food. Or gross food.

4. Read more long-form writing – mostly books. I find myself consuming articles and short pieces non-stop. It’s interesting and informative but I think it’s shredding my attention span for book-length reading.

5. Schedule these elements into my day so they become habits rather than ignored goals.
Schedules, not deadlines, build habits …and habits are powerful tools.

I could list others, but I think 5 is enough to start with.

What are your “do better”s for 2014?