Reading More is Correlated with Living Longer

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Source: Quartz

New study conducted by researchers at Yale University found a strong correlation between reading books and longer life spans.

Public Health researchers collected data of 3,635 50-years and older Americans from 1992 to 2012 for examination. They found a positive correlation between those with longer life spans and reading habits, specifically noting that reading more was associated with an extra 23 months of life.

Researchers explained the correlation as most likely a result of stronger cognitive abilities that affect decision making.

Further research might focus more specifically on types of books and mediums that are correlated with longer life span.

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