A group of 3,635 people (all over the age of 50) were split into one of three groups:
- readers who read books for up to 3.5 hours every week
- readers who read books for more than 3.5 hours per week
Collecting data from those groups, here's what they found out . . . Those who read up to 3.5 hours a week were 17% less likely to die over 12 years of follow-up. Those who read more than 3.5 hours were 23% less likely to die. On average, book readers lived almost 2 years longer than those who did not read at all.
But if books aren't your thing, there is still a longevity benefit (albeit less) for those who read newspapers and periodicals.
So there it is in print . . . your official permission to run out and buy a new book today.
I hear voices. Loud. Incessant. And very real. Which basically gives me
two options: choke back massive amounts of Prozac or write fiction. I chose the
latter. Way cheaper. I've been writing since I discovered blank wall space and
Crayolas. I seek to glorify God in all that I write...except for that graffiti
phase I went through as a teenager. Oops. Did I say that out loud?