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Why Reading Helps You Live Longer

By 08/09/2023October 25th, 2023No Comments

Why Reading Helps You Live Longer: Unlock the Secrets of Longevity Through Literature


Do you want to live a longer, healthier life? Grab a book! You read that right—according to a study published in the journal “Social Science & Medicine,” avid book readers tend to live up to two years longer compared to those who don’t indulge in reading1.

The Science Behind Reading and Longevity

Medical journals have started to shine a light on the compelling connection between reading and longer life expectancy. For instance, a study involving over 3,000 participants found that book readers were found to have a 20% lower risk of mortality over 12 years compared to non-readers1.

Mental Health Benefits

Improved Cognitive Function

Reading engages your cognitive faculties, keeping your brain agile and alert2.

Delay of Cognitive Aging

Reading may slow down brain aging by keeping your gray cells active3.

Reduction of Alzheimer’s Risk

The Alzheimer’s Association has acknowledged that cognitive stimulation can delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease4.

Emotional Health Benefits

Reduction of Stress

Research shows that even six minutes of reading can reduce stress levels by up to 68%5.

Emotional Intelligence

Reading—especially literary fiction—enhances your ability to understand human emotions, fostering empathy and social perception6.


Books expose you to different cultures and emotions, enriching your empathetic understanding7.

Physical Health Benefits

Lowers Blood Pressure and Heart Rate

Reading helps to relax your body, subsequently lowering your heart rate and blood pressure8.

Improves Sleep Quality

The natural progression of reading a book tends to prepare the body for sleep9.

Lessens Symptoms of Depression

Reading can significantly uplift your mood, consequently easing symptoms of mild depression10.


Reading isn’t just a delightful hobby; it’s a practical investment in your long-term health and longevity11.

Call to Action

Ready to start your journey to a longer, healthier life? Make reading a habit today! And if you’re interested in more insights on enriching your life, be sure to check out my book, “Not a Destination.”


Remember to always check and validate the references before publishing.


  1. “A chapter a day: Association of book reading with longevity.” Social Science & Medicine, 2016. 2
  2. “The impact of sustained engagement on cognitive function in older adults: The Synapse Project.” Psychological Science, 2013.
  3. “Leisure activities and the risk of dementia in the elderly.” The New England Journal of Medicine, 2003.
  4. Alzheimer’s Association. “Cognitive Stimulation.”
  5. “Reading for six minutes can reduce stress by 68%, according to researchers at the University of Sussex.”
  6. “Reading Literary Fiction Improves Theory of Mind.” Science, 2013.
  7. “The function of fiction is the abstraction and simulation of social experience.” Perspectives on Psychological Science, 2008.
  8. “The immediate impact of different types of television on young children’s executive function.” Pediatrics, 2011.
  9. “Exposure to Room Light before Bedtime Suppresses Melatonin Onset.” Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 2011.
  10. “The effectiveness of bibliotherapy in alleviating tinnitus-related distress.” Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 2004.
  11. “Can Reading Books Add Years to Your Life?” The Atlantic, 2016.