Does reading books make you live longer?
August 7, 2016
YOU LIKE THE THOUGHT of living longer?
You hate exercise?
You don’t like sweating?
You can’t find nutrition that tastes good?
You discover that green health drinks taste pretty much like green health drinks?
Think life is hopeless?
Think your future is disappearing?
I have your solution.
And it’s effective.
Read a book.
Of course, that’s what you’d expect an author to say.
An author is partial.
Laugh if you want.
Ridicule if you must.
But I’m dead solid serious.
Want to live longer?
Read a book.
Don’t take my word for it.
The brains at Science & Medicine are a lot smarter and more astute than I am.
They recently studied 3,635 people older than fifty years of age.
The scientists divided their sample into three groups: those who read no books, those who read books up to three and a half hours a week, and those who read books more than three and a half hours.
And this is what they found.
People who read books regularly live on average twenty-three months longer than those who don’t.
And the more you read, the more you improve your chances of living even longer
Even when authors Avni Bavishi, Martin D. Slade and Becca R. Levy adjusted for variables such as age, sex, race, education, comorbidities, self-rated health, wealth, marital status and depression, they still found book readers lived longer than non-book readers.
And books cost a lot less than a jar of pills, and the stories are far more delicious than anything produced by Nutrisystem.
Of course, there’s a possibility you may spend a great deal of time reading newspapers and magazines.
Think that helps?
Reading newspapers and magazines may be good for business and the mind, but not for increasing your lifespan.
I’m sure exercise is great for longevity.
And nutrition no doubt plays a vital role.
But when in doubt, grab a book.
Then grab another one.
You live longer.
And authors, in the long run, can sell more books.
Their readers are around a lot longer to buy them.