How many books are on your bookshelf? It may be an indication of how long you’re going live. Turns out, the more books you read, the longer you live. A new study from Yale University School of Public Health found a link between reading more books and increased longevity and life expectancy. These researchers examined data that involved 3,635 people who participated in a large health study and answered several questions about their reading habits. The data was divided into three groups: people who read books up to three and half hours weekly, people who read more than three and a half hours, and people who read no books at all. In the end, experts found that book readers who spend time up to 3.5 hours a week reading a book were 17 percent less likely to die over the 12-year follow-up period, while those who read more than the three hour-mark were 23 percent less likely to die.
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