A Chapter a Day Keeps the Reaper Away

Posted: September 8, 2016 8:00:00 AM CDT

The old adage, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” might soon be replaced with, “A chapter a day keeps the reaper away.” According to a new study just published in the September issue of Social Science and Medicine, people who read at least 30 minutes a day live longer than those who don’t read at all. The study, which focused on the reading patterns of 3,635 people who were 50 or older, revealed that on average, book readers lived nearly two years longer than non-readers.

The findings also indicated that specifically book reading provided more benefit than reading periodicals or newspapers. “We uncovered that this effect is likely because books engage the reader’s mind more – providing more cognitive benefit, and therefore increasing the lifespan,” Bavishi (the lead researcher) reported.

So, now you have an excuse to read those dusty novels that have been piling up.  It pays to make time for reading because reading will make more time for you!

By: Dr. Sherry Crow

Category: Education

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