New Study Says Book Readers Live Longer
A study at Yale University School of Public Health found that American adults 50 and over increased their survival by up to 23% just by reading books!
The researchers analyzed data from 3,635 men and woman over 50 initially and then 12 years later. They found that adults who read books for up to 3.5 hours each week were 17% less likely to die over the 12 years compared to those who didn't read books. Better still, those who read for more than 3.5 hours a week were 23% less likely to die.
The study took into account factors like education, age, wealth, self-reported health and marital status, among other Reading newspapers and magazines also showed increased survival, but without nearly as much effect. Not surprisingly, the people who read the most were women with higher income and a college education.