When I first read an article at Inc., I thought, score! I’m going to live forever. Then I re-read it and got kinda bummed out for a minute, because the Yale researchers who found that reading extends human lifespans were only studying the reading habits and lifespan of people over 50. The correlation they found between more reading and a longer life is still pretty exciting though, even if it’s not applicable to me … yet … People who read books live longer.
That’s according to Yale researchers who studied 3,635 people older than 50 and found that those who read books for 30 minutes daily lived an average of 23 months longer than nonreaders or magazine readers. Apparently, the practice of reading books creates cognitive engagement that improves lots of things, including vocabulary, thinking skills, and concentration. It also can affect empathy, social perception, and emotional intelligence, the sum of which helps people stay on the planet longer.
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