So, we all suspected this, right? But a study at the University of Toronto has found evidence that reading works of short fiction makes test subjects more able to tolerate disorder and uncertainty; i.e. more creative, more rational, and less prone to snap judgements and rigid thinking.

Journalistic blurb here:

http://www.psmag.com/blogs/news-blo…

Research paper itself, here:

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.108…