Empathy stimulating fiction books for #careerlions
To end my day, I love to read books while I am laying in my bed. My book of choice is usually of the non-fiction variety, but lately I have been appreciating fiction books as I feel more relaxed reading this before bedtime. Of course, relaxation is a great, but wouldn’t it even better if there’s even more to it? The good news is that there is! Reading fiction leads to more empathy. And that is something we can use to develop our emotional intelligence! More empathy means a higher EQ, and we want that for several reasons. To get you started, here are my favorite fiction book picks.
The Martian – Andy Weir
Ever wondered what life would be like if you’re the only one on the planet? Astronaut Mark Watney gets left behind when the third expedition to Mars goes wrong. During his time on that planet, he journals about his adventures and ideas to survive. What I particularly love about this book is how realistically it is written. The whole time I was rooting for Mark and his attempts to come back to Earth. Definitely a must read. If you’re not feeling like reading, try to watch the movie, which is just as good as the book. Funniest part: The movie was so convincing, people were tweeting whether the movie was based on a true story.
How to get filthy rich in rising Asia – Mohsin Hamid
Usually I am into the self-help books, but reading a parody on self-help books like this one, has been refreshing. The story in this book starts in an Asian developing country and follows the life of a little village boy on his way to (financial) success. The book is written in such a way that you as reader are being addressed to as the main character. The combination of being addressed to all the time and the fact that there are no names being called in this book, is so unique and captivating. This book has been emotionally moving from cover to cover and will definitely trigger your empathy.
The way of the warrior kid – Jocko Willink
Former NAVY Seal Jocko Willink has written a children’s book about a little boy named Marc. Marc is a weak little eight-year-old with mediocre performance at school. He’s not great at math and is even worse when it comes to physical challenges. Over the summer, Marc is being trained to become a warrior kid by his tough uncle Jake, a NAVY Seal. Even though this book is originally for children, it is also nice and entertaining for adults. Marc’s childish innocence and excitement make one stimulated to take on challenges as well.
I am totally aware that I haven’t mentioned the amazing Harry Potter series. That’s not because I don’t think they belong in this list, but cause the series are mandatory reading for every human being. That being said, not only is reading fiction a great way to relax and entertain yourself, it is actually of great value in developing your emotional intelligence too! Do you like to read fiction? Let us know in the comments below what your fiction book recommendations are!