A recent study shows that reading books can help us live longer by as many as two years. As a bonus, the more frequently you read, the longer you live.
The benefits of reading books goes beyond the knowledge gained or the entertainment experienced through the content of its pages. Reading books can help one relax and escape stressful thoughts, as well as passing the time in a positive, productive way. As people age, reading can preserve the structural integrity of the brain. Now, it’s believed that reading books will also help us to live longer.
The study was handled by Becca R. Levy, a professor of epidemiology at Yale University of Public Health, and her colleagues. They analyzed data provided by the Health and Retirement Study (a nationally representative sample of American adults, 50 years of age or older). In the study, 3,635 men and women were included and all self-reported their reading habits. The study group, their reading habits, and their survivability were monitored for 12 years. Those who read books for up to 3.5 hours a week were 17% less likely to die over the 12 year follow-up, compared to those who did not read books. Those who read for over 3.5 hours per week were 23% less likely to die. Over the course of the 12 years, the adults who read books survived almost 2 years longer than the adults who did not read.
Females were found to be most likely to read books. College-educated people and those who had a higher income were also more likely to be readers. Those who reported reading magazines and newspapers also displayed increased survival over those who did not read at all, though the difference was less significant than with the book reading. The study also accounted for various factors such as age, wealth, sex, self-reported health, education, and marital status to establish consistent findings. Levy and her team published their findings in the journal Social Science & Medicine.
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