This blog has touted many of the benefits derived from reading such as improving vocabulary, promoting empathy, increasing knowledge of the world, and strengthening language skills. Now, we are glad to share an even more compelling benefit of reading: living longer!
Public health researchers at Yale University recently published a study that suggests that people who read books (not just magazines or newspapers) are likely to live longer. They calculated that readers are likely to live an extra 23 months even after adjusting for variables such as age, sex, race, education, wealth, marital status, and depression.
Although this study only identified a correlation not causation (and more research is needed), why not read more books? If you lose yourself in enough books, you may just find your way to a longer, better life!