For as long as we can remember, books have existed to help us learn, be entertained and occasionally even escape from reality. But what if we told you that we could benefit from books in a far greater way?
According to a study from Social Science & Medicine, avid book readers are more likely to live longer than those who don’t read books. We’re not making this stuff up, we swear.
Researches studied over 3,635 people who were 50-years-old and above over the course of 12 years, tracking how reading impacted the risk of mortality. The participants were split into three groups: people who don’t read books, people who read up to three and a half hours a week and people who read more than that.
Believe it or not, those who read books had a 20 per cent reduced chance of dying from health-related reasons.
“People who report as little as a half-hour a day of book reading had a significant survival advantage over those who did not read,” said Yale Professor Becca Levy. “And the survival advantage remained after adjusting for wealth, education, cognitive ability and many other variables.”
We’re not telling you that reading’s the only thing you need to do to have a long and healthy life. But, reading a few hours per week seems to play a big part in lengthening your life.
Bring on the books.
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