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People who read books live longer than people who don’t. It’s just that simple, and it’s the word from the Yale University School of Public Health.
They studied nearly 4,000 people for 12 years. And found that people who read for up to 30 minutes a day were 17 percent less likely to die than those who read zero books. And book readers lived an average of 2 years longer!
And people who read for more than 30 minutes a day were 23 percent less likely to die.
So what about people who read newspapers and magazines? Their life expectancy is slightly longer……But not on par with reading books.
So why would reading novels help us live longer? The researchers believe the mental stimulation that comes from reading books and getting engrossed in the stories and characters improves brain health. Plus, reading is a stress reliever. And those two things are known to improve longevity.
Their overall conclusion? People who read books live longer than people who don’t.