I'm not surprised by the many benefits provided by reading books!! I came across an article titled Read in a Quiet Place for a Better Life by Dr. Mercola. In the article, Dr. Mercola writes the following information:
Do you enjoy sitting down with a good book? This is one hobby you should feel free to indulge in without guilt, as reading is linked to a variety of benefits, both mental and physical.
In fact, new research published in the journal Social Science & Medicine revealed book readers live an average of two years longer than non-readers. Specifically, compared to people who read no books, those who read for up to 3.5 hours a week had a 17 percent lower risk of dying over the next 12 years.
Those who read for more than 3.5 hours a week fared even better; they had a 23 percent lower risk of dying prematurely. Broken down, this means that reading for just 30 minutes a day may offer a major health advantage.
This was true even after the researchers controlled for other factors that might influence lifespan, such as age, race, gender, education level, income, health, employment and more.
Interestingly, reading newspapers and periodicals also offered longevity benefits, although not to the same extent as books.I learned a lot more enlightening information from reading this article about the benefits of reading books. Click on the above link to read the full story.