September 20, 2018

Reading yields major health benefits


Reading kicks ass. Books are a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. An epic story can seemingly transport you to another time, place, and mindset. In short, reading is pretty magical.

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Besides these “magical powers,” reading can also deliver some serious health benefits. As Doug Williams recently reported on a 2016 Yale University study in The San Diego Union-Tribune that bookworms who read “at least 3½ hours per week have a 20 percent lower risk of dying over the next 12 years than non-book readers.” Wow, that’s a major impact on your health, all thanks to a book.

Staving  off mortality is a big health advantage, but there are other notable health benefits to reading. Williams adds in that keeping your nose in a book can slow down dementia, provides healthy brain exercise, and helps people retain information for longer periods of time. Adding to that, researchers and professors, Anne E. Cunningham and Keith E. Stanovich discovered that reading improves verbal skills and vocabulary retention. Basically, thanks to reading, people can articulate feelings, emotions, and problem solve at a clearer, higher level. Oh, and our brains will acquire more words to use as a positive consequence. Pretty cool, huh? (We thought so).

So, if you want a healthier brain and body, pick up some new books. No, it’s not time to start bench pressing some heavy hardcovers. Instead, pencil in some well-deserved reading time. You’ll thank yourself later.

Essentially, a book a day can keep the doctor at bay. We’re inclined to agree.



Stephanie Valente is the Digital Marketing Manager at Melville House.