Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Reading for Life

An article in this morning's newspaper reports on a study that shows that people who read books survive almost two years longer than people who don't.

Intriguing, to say the least. Do readers stay sharper, calmer, more engaged in life? Or do they simply conserve energy by all that sitting and reading?

The study was conducted by Yale University researchers and published in a journal called Social Science & Medicine. The 3,635 subjects, all older than 50, were surveyed for their reading habits and divided into three categories: those who never read, those who read up to three-and-a-half hours a week and those who read three and a half hours or more.

The conclusion: After accounting for education, income and health, book reading still confers a "significant survival advantage."

I didn't need an excuse, but it's good to have one, just the same.


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