Ok, ok. It makes you a slightly better person. A study done by Rochester’s own David Dodell-Feder (a University of Rochester psychologist), that shows that reading fiction slightly boosts your emotional intelligence. Here are a few articles that came out recently about this study:
New Study: Reading Fiction Really Will Make You Nicer and More Empathetic
Want More Emotional Intelligence in 2019? Do More of This 1 Thing, According to 2 Clinical Psychologists
And you can request the original article in the Journal of Experimental Psychology General here: Fiction Reading Has a Small Positive Impact on Social Cognition: A Meta-Analysis
So, keep on doing the good work you’re doing getting kids to read more!