A new study suggests that reading books can extend lifespan by up to 2 years. Moreover, the study says that the more often you read the better. The findings of the study have been published in the journal Social Science & Medicine.
Scientists have come to this conclusion after analyzing the data of 3,635 men and women who participated in Health and Retirement Study, a nationally representative sample of American adults aged 50 and older. They were followed-up for an average of 12 years and their survival rate was monitored during this time.
Compared to adults who did not read books, those ones who were reading books for up to three and a half hours each week were 17% less likely to die over the 12-years period follow-up, and those who read for more than three and a half hours weekly were 23% less likely to die.
Overall, adults reading books survived almost 2 years longer over the period of 12-year follow-up than non-readers.
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