4 Ways Reading Makes You a Better Person

It’s proven to help you relax and keep your memory sharp, among other things.

Elizabeth Sile May, 19, 2017

This feature originally appeared on realsimple.com.

As if we needed another reason to dig into a great book, a new study recently found that reading makes you a nicer person.

Researchers at London’s Kingston University asked 123 participants how much they read books and plays or watched TV. After testing each person’s interpersonal skills, the researchers found that those who read romance novels and dramas showed the most empathy, while fiction readers ranked highest for positive social skills (read: they were the nicest). The TV fans studied were the least friendly and empathetic. 

This isn’t the first time that science has concluded that reading is good for you. Here, four more ways it changes your life.