That's one reason that positive affirmations and positive self-talk are so important. It's like the saying that whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right. Our brain believes what we tell it. It believes the negative, bad stuff we say about our ideas, body, abilities...and also the positive. The positive just takes more repetition since we've been negative for so long sometimes.
Here's my idea. If, when we get so emotionally involved in a movie that our brain believes the emotions to be real, from a real event, that is happening or happened to us, then...when we read a book...I mean really get engrossed in, to the point that everything around us is shut out, then as we read and experience those emotions, our brain believes them to be real too.
I don't think books like that come along often. And I think it takes different books for different people. What stirs me, might and probably wouldn't stir you. And what touches your emotional core, might not touch mine.
And when a book touches that emotional core, it's done right. It makes the late nights totally worth it.
Today, I finished one such book. As my oldest daughter would say, it left me in a "puddle of feels." I like that expression...it's seriously appropriate. As much as I want to start the next in the series, I'm not emotionally ready. I need time to recover. I'm hoping by Friday so I can have the weekend for immersion and obsession.
Here's the guilty book. Remember, this is the second in the series so get the first....A Court of Thorns & Roses.