The Health Benefits of Reading

cognition lifestyle stress May 15, 2023

Did you know there are health benefits linked with being a regular book reader?


When did you last pick up a book?


I think most of us fall into 3 different camps, we either aren’t into reading, loved reading as a kid but don’t have the time for it these day or have always loved reading and still prioritise time to do it today.


I’m in the later camp. My parents installed the love of reading into me even before I could comprehend what they were saying. It’s a habit that has remained constant in my life although there have been times, when life has gotten very busy and reading temporarily took a back seat. 


So today I want to encourage all those women out there who have missed out on the love of books or who have left it too long between books to give it another go for the sake of their own health. 


 “A Chapter a day - association of book reading with longevity”  is a study that followed 3635 people over the age of 50 for 12 years. This study found book readers experienced a 20% reduction in risk of all cause mortality compared to non book readers. It’s interesting to note the authors found no difference in age, race, health, job status or marriage status and this benefit. 


They also discussed these 3 other health benefits linked to being a book worm

  1. Improved cognitive skills such as increased vocabulary, focus and critical thinking skills.
  2. Stronger emotional intelligence and empathy
  3. Stress reduction



The average reader in the study read for 3.92 hours per week which roughly works out to be 1/2 an hour a day or as the authors of the study prefer to say - it's a chapter a day.


They believe the true benefits of book reading comes from the immersive nature of reading. That all encompassing book you just can’t put down. All of this helps maintain cognition and it’s the enhanced cognitive status that they belief promotes longevity.


What book will you read today?


Don’t forget I have a book. If you click here you can download a free chapter, think of it was my contribution to your health and longevity.


Happy reading.


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