Monday, March 27, 2017

Do Book Readers Live Longer?

Recently a study that was published in the Journal Social Science & Medicine showed, according to Yale researchers, that reading books and periodicals extend our lifespans.

Sure, you might say this makes no sense. After all, readers are couch potatoes, and they rack up annually hundreds of hours sitting with a book and probably eating crap while doing so. Reading should be killing us sooner!

On the other hand, think of the amazing benefits of reading and why readers may live longer:

·         It engages the mind and gets people excited.
·         The content inspires or educates us – and helps us live a healthier life.
·         The books may entertain us and laughter reduces stress.
·         If you are reading you are not taking time to engage in riskier behaviors.
·         Readers are intelligent and probably as a result, more cautious people, ensuring they do fewer stupid things that could harm themselves.
·         Book readers may have more money than non-readers and thus have access to better healthcare, nutrition and lifestyle.

Scientists examined 3,600 people ages 50 and over, having quizzed them on their reading habits.  

“The study’s detailed findings are even more intriguing.  Individuals who read more than 3.5 hours per week were 23% less likely to die in the next 12 years,” reported Mental Floss.

The magazine added: “Not a bookworm?  Don’t despair:  The study also looked at readers of newspapers and magazines and found that they were 11 percent less likely to die than non-readers if they spent more than seven hours reading each week.”

I wonder if writers live longer.

Perhaps reading this blog post extended your life by a few seconds.

You’re welcome.

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Brian Feinblum’s views, opinions, and ideas expressed in this blog are his alone and not that of his employer. You can follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at He feels more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog 2017©. Born and raised in Brooklyn, now resides in Westchester. Named one of the best book marketing blogs by Book Baby 

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