Readers just want a powerful emotional experience.
Give it to them.
You’re human, too. Push the buttons you know work so well. If you have siblings, you know precisely which buttons to push; you’ve been doing it for years.
You’ve got dreams. Hell, if you write, your dreams are probably grander than most people. Invite them on a journey they’ll only take in their dreams. Let your characters do the thing your reader wants them to do.
You understand set-backs. Again, you’re a writer; you know what it’s like to get frustrated in your goals. Share it.
My point is: Go out and live life, then show that life to your readers. They’ll thank you.