Reading is good for you. Numerous studies back up this claim. New research shows there is one more reason to read.
Do you want to live longer? Try reading.
A new study published in the journal Social Science and Medicine shows that people who read live longer than people who don’t read.
The study focused on people over 50 years of age. It found that those people who read over 3.5 hours each week lived 23 months longer than those people who did not engage in reading.
The study also found that those who read books benefited the most. The research found that any level of book reading gave a strong survival advantage over reading periodicals. The reason that reading books showed greater benefit than reading periodicals is because reading a book involves more cognitive faculties. Thus, this type of reading helps maintain cognitive status.
Reading books involves two major cognitive processes: deep reading and emotional connection. Deep reading is where the reader engages with the book and seeks to understand it in its own context and that of the world. Emotional connection happens when the reader empathizes with the characters in a story. Both of these processes appear to help sustain longevity.
This new study gives all authors more ammunition to encourage people to read their books. After all, regular reading increases lifespan.
Feel free to share the graphic in this post outlining the benefits of reading with your fans. It will encourage them to keep reading! This in turn will benefit all authors.
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