Book readers live 2 years longer than non-readers, according to a Yale University study of people over 50. In fact, the more time a person spends reading, the less likely they are to die.
It’s been found that reading books for up to 3.5 hours per week – an average of 30 minutes per day – lowers a person’s risk of death by 17%. People who read more than 3.5 hours per week enjoy a 23% lower risk of death.
Why? Researchers say books encourage cognitive engagement, promote empathy, social perception and emotional intelligence. They also help ward off dementia.
People who read newspapers and magazines also have a survival advantage, but it’s significantly less than book readers.