Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Hooray For Book Clubs

post by Michelle Griep
Pull out your whang-tootler. Pound on your bing-bongity drums. And slap your palms together in a huge round of clap-clappiness for book clubs. Huzzah!

Way deep down in my heart I've always known that book clubs were awesome with a side of awesome sauce, but now there's scientific proof to back up that feeling. According to a recent article in The Guardian, book clubs can actually help you live longer. Not even kidding.

In a nutshell, it's been shown that if you maintain social bonds after retirement -- such as in a book club -- then you can reduce your risk of death in the first 6 years post-retirement. So yeah, technically it's the social interaction that keeps you alive, not necessarily the fact that it's a book club, but I like to think it's the vitality of the words that infuses life into an aging body.

But don't wait for retirement to join a book club. Go for it now. The sooner, the better.


chappydebbie said...

Plus, it helps you to read more books, right? Being in a group requires that you read....sometimes outside your usual genre. I'm not in a group, but I do see the appeal.

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