On Reading Fiction

Have you ever wondered what are the benefits of reading fiction? I know I have several times. Sure some people find it enjoyable (I, myself included), but I try to make sure there are at least two reasons I do anything.

I feel that works of fiction, more specifically those written in the first person, help us to become better observers. Being able to see the world through the perceptions of another, even if imaginary being, makes it easier for us to empathize with others