Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Read Books and Live Longer

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Reading books is healthy, according to a new study, "A chapter a day: Association of book reading with longevity", as reported in The New York Times.

"Book readers lived an average of almost two years longer than those who did not read at all.....“People who report as little as a half­hour a day of book reading had a significant survival advantage over those who did not read,” according to senior author of the study, Becca R. Levy, a professor of epidemiology at Yale...."

Also reading newspaper had similar, but weaker, effects. As a book publisher, we knew already that reading books is enjoyable and worthwhile, now we have scientific evidence that it also increases a reader's well-being. Visit a library, go to a bookstore, read a book - and live better and longer.

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