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02 YEARS OF EXTRA LIFE BY TURNING PAGES ON YOUR COMMUTE
You don’t need us to tell you that reading this publication is good for you. With the latest health and fitness advice compressed onto every page, that should be clear. But it turns out that simply burying your head in your favourite magazine (or book, even) can add valuable chapters to your lifetime.
A study published in the journal Social Science and Medicine examined the reading patterns of 3,635 people aged 50 and older. On average, regular readers were found to live almost two years longer than the less literary. They also displayed improved cognition and a lower risk of dementia, leading to an improved quality of life far into their retirement years.
But before you reach for that dusty doorstop volume of the collected works of Tolstoy, you should know that – though the study authors found the more you read, the greater the effect – as little as 30 minutes of reading a day was still beneficial in terms of increasing longevity. In other words, swap thumbing through social media on the way to work for cracking a spine or two, and your epitaph will remain unwritten for a while longer.