A love of reading can protect your brain from Alzheimer’s disease, slash stress levels, encourage positive thinking, and fortify friendships. Here’s how your brain and body benefit when you crack open a book.In a new study, people who read a book for about 30 minutes a day were found to live approximately 2 years longer than those who didn’t read at all.
Time spent with your nose in a book isn’t wasted. In fact, bookworms may be adding years to their lives.
Researchers from Yale University recently divided a sample of 3,500 people into three groups: non-readers, those who read for three and half hours each week, and those who spent even more time reading each week.
At the end of 12 years, the team followed up with participants (who were all over the age of 50). In addition to discovering that book readers were typically college educated women with high incomes, researchers found that readers lived up to two years longer than non-readers.
Researchers at the University of Sussex in England found that reading was “the most effective way to overcome stress” – even better than listening to music, having a cup of tea, or going for a walk.
Reading has also been proven to be a great way to keep the mind sharp, and may reduce mental decline by 32%, helping to prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
“People who report as little as a half-hour a day of book reading had a significant survival advantage over those who did not read,” senior author, Becca R. Levy, a professor of epidemiology at Yale, told the New York Times. “And the survival advantage remained after adjusting for wealth, education, cognitive ability, and many other variables.”
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