Reads one book too much every day

Study: Those who read a lot live longer

Good news for bookworms: As scientists at the prestigious Yale University have found, frequent reading is said to prolong life

Whether it is dietary supplements, exercise, food rich in vitamins or not smoking - there are many things that are supposed to slow down the aging process in humans. However, these methods often require a certain amount of discipline and perseverance.

So it is a good thing that researchers at Yale University have found a much nicer way to extend your own life: reading!

A good book is like medicine

As part of a study, a team of experts evaluated the data from more than 3,600 participants over a period of twelve years. The subjects, who were at least 50 years old at the start of the study, were initially divided into three groups:

  1. Non-readers
  2. readerwho read up to 3.5 hours per week
  3. Frequent readerswho read more than 3.5 hours a week

At the end of the twelve years, the scientists at Yale University wanted to know: who is still alive, who has already died, and how are the test subjects distributed among the three previously formed groups?

The result of the US study: The life expectancy of the subjects who read up to three and a half hours a week was 17 percent higher than the life expectancy of non-readers. For heavy readers who read more than three and a half hours a week, life expectancy was even 23 percent higher.

To be absolutely sure that other factors such as income and standard of living did not affect the results, the researchers calculated such factors and others such as age, relationship status and level of education.

The result remained unchanged: the bookworms lived longer than the non-readers - an average of almost two years.

Reading reduces stress

Reading books has many positive effects on the mind and body: it stimulates the imagination and the imagination, helps us relax, and imparts new knowledge. Those who read regularly stimulate their own brain cells, train their cognitive abilities and improve their vocabulary and ability to concentrate.

In their study, the scientists write that emotional intelligence is also improved. All of these positive effects would increase our life expectancy. The time you spend reading is credited back to you in the end and paid out in the form of a lifetime. Voltaire probably already knew that, who once said: "Reading strengthens the soul."

One chapter a day is enough

Becca R. Levy, lead author of the study, can reassure anyone who is now frantically calculating whether three and a half hours of reading time fit into their personal weekly planning: "Anyone who spends only half an hour reading a book a day has a significant survival advantage over non-readers "the Yale professor is certain.

But: The positive effect of literature only exists in books - magazines and newspapers, on the other hand, have no influence on life expectancy. The reason for this is simple: when reading a book, the reader can immerse himself in the book much more deeply than is the case with newspapers. Experts refer to this as "deep reading".

However, the question of which type of books are best suited remains unanswered: novels, specialist literature, guidebooks? This chapter has yet to be written.

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