Yes, we all know that diet and exercise can help us to avoid disease and extend our life. Now we can add a third ingredient to that formula.
Research has revealed if you read a book for up to three and a half hours per week (thirty minutes per day) were 17 percent less likely to die over 12 years of follow up and those who read even more were 23 percent less likely to die. Bottom line, book readers live an average of almost two years longer than those who did not read at all.
OK, so do newspapers and magazines count? Yes, but not quite as strong evidence, but still significant.
“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 the senior author, Becca R. Levy, a professor of epidemiology at Yale. “And the survival advantage remained after adjusting for wealth, education, cognitive ability and many other variables.”
Books are affordable and convenient. Stop in to your local Barnes & Noble or order on Amazon for next day delivery.
Read a book……live longer.