For many people reading is the best kind of relaxing and rest, providing escape from everyday stresses. And now, researchers find that reading can offer some health benefits for your health and wellbeing.
This year, in August, researchers from Yale University School of Public health found that people who reported reading books for more than 3,5 hours per week were 23% less likely to die over 12 years of follow-up compared to those who did not read books.
So here are other ways how reading can improve your health and wellbeing:
- Reading reduces stress.
- Reading can slow cognitive decline.
- Reading can improve sleep quality.
- Reading can enhance social skills.
- Reading can boost intelligence.
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A new study from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, concluded that fatty acids could be responsible for reading skills in children.
Mats Johnson, chief physician and researcher at the Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Center at Sahlgrenska Academy at the university, and his colleagues noted that polyunsaturated fats, including omega-3 and omega-6 and their effects on kids’ learning and behaviour has been a growing area of research.
Mats Johnson said: “Even after 3 months, we could see that the children’s reading skills improved with the addition of fatty acids, compared with those who received the placebo. This was particularly evident in the ability to read a nonsense word aloud and pronounce it correctly (phonologic decoding), and the ability to read a series of letters quickly (visual analysis time).”
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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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