Five ways reading can improve health and well-being

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Can reading a book make you healthier? The people at Yale University School of Public Health happens to think so. Yale’s findings even seem to suggest that people who read over three hours per week were at least 23 percent less likely to die in the next 12 years. Can reading a book make you live longer? The experts say, “Yes!” And here is how…

Key Takeaways:

  • Reading can reduce stress
  • Stress is believed to contribute to around 60 percent of all human illness and disease; it can raise the risks of stroke and heart disease by 50 percent and 40 percent, respectively.
  • Study co-author Dr. David Lewis, a neuropsychologist at Mindlab International at Sussex, and colleagues found that participants who engaged in just 6 minutes of reading – whether a newspaper or a book – experienced a slowed heart rate and reduced muscle tension.

“If you are in the remaining 25 percent of people who find reading a chore, perhaps learning more about how it could improve health and well-being will encourage you to shun the TV for the library.”