Read a Book, Add Years to Your Life

It’s true. Reading books can add years to your life. 

In 2016, researchers from Yale University’s School of Public Health dug into 12 years of HRS (Health and Retirement Study) data about the reading habits and health of 3,600+ men and women over age 50.

A hopeful pattern emerged:

  • People who read books — fiction or nonfiction, ­poetry or prose — for as little as 30 minutes a day over several years were living an average of two years longer than people who didn’t read anything at all
  • Book readers who reported more than three hours of reading each week were 23 percent less likely to die than their peers who read only newspapers or magazines

Check out a BOOK today and READ! 


Bavishi, Avni, Martin D. Slade, and Becca R. Levy. “A chapter a day: association of book reading with longevity.” Social Science & Medicine 164, (September 2016): 44-48. Academic Search Premier, EBSCOhost (accessed June 21, 2018).

Specktor, Brandon. “Here’s why your brain needs you to read every single day.” (accessed June 21, 2018).


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