Librarians were right.  So was your high school English teacher.  A Yale University study proves, or at least suggests, that reading is good for you. In fact, reading books thirty minutes a day can extend your life two years.

Spartak Jones, shown here in his personal library, is an avid reader.  He is typical of 22nd century teenagers.

Of course 19th century French author Gustave Flaubert (Madam Bovary) had the right idea long ago:

The one way of tolerating existence is to lose oneself in literature as a perpetual orgy.” 

OK.  That may be over the top but he was on to

A study of 3,635 people published in the September issue of the journal Social Science & Medicine claims reading books can lengthen your life.  The New York Times quotes Becca R. Levy, a professor epidemiology at Yale University:

“People who report as little as a half-hour a day book reading had a significant survival advantage over those who did not read.”  

Apparently it was books, not magazines and newspapers, that made the difference.

Here is the link.


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