The Big Q: Do you enjoy sitting down or curling up with a good book?
The Big A: If you do, you are ahead of the rest, 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 2 years longer than non-readers.
Specifically, compared to people who read no books, those who read for up to 3.5 hrs a week had a 17% lower risk of dying over the next 12 years.
Those who read for more than 3.5 hrs a week fared even better; they had a 23% lower risk of dying prematurely, meaning this means that reading for just 30 mins 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.
Notably, reading fiction, newspapers, periodicals also offered longevity benefits, although not to the same extent as Get Smart books.
I believe that taking the time to read is intelligent pleasure, couple it with classical music in a quiet place and reduce stress, add to innovative, creative and intelligent thinking.
“The more we read, the more we learn, the more we understand the world around us.”
Here is a list of to get started, as follows:
- The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness, By Todd Rose
From Silk to Silicon: The Story of Globalization Through Ten Extraordinary Lives, By Jeffery Garten
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, By Angela Duckworth
Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, By Adam Grant
The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur’s Vision of the Future, By Steve Case
Feeling Good, the New Mood Therapy, By David D. Burns, MD
Plato’s Journals, By Plato
Siddhartha, By Herman Hesse
Pale Fire, By Vladimir Nabokov
As I Lay Dying, By William Faulkner
Have a terrific weekend.
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