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Reading books linked to longer life, research says

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Whether it's in bed, on the beach, sitting on the metro or now even standing at work, reading a book will not only entertain you and hopefully make you a little smarter, but has also been tied to increased lifespan. 


A study published in July in Social Science & Health shows a significant relationship (correlation, not causation) between reading Harry Potter and A Game of Thrones (for example) and living a longer life.

The study calculated that reading books was associated with approximately 23 more months of living.

Yale University spearheaded the effort by having a team of public health researchers look at data of thousands of Americans over the age of 50, collected from 1991 to 2012. 

Adjusting for a number of other factors like wealth, education, race, sex etc, the study found that book readers were 20% less likely to die than non-book readers over the 12 year period.

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