A study done by Yale University School of Public health thinks this is true. After studying a group of approximately 3600 participants they found that reading books over reading Newspapers or magazines contributed to a survival advantage that was significantly longer than their Newspaper reading neighbors. Also compared to Non-readers, book readers had a 23-month survival advantage or 20% reduction in risk of mortality over the 12 year span. The findings suggest that the benefits of reading books include a longer life in which to read them. “People who report as little as a half-hour a day of book reading had a significant survival advantage over those who did not read,” said the senior author, Becca R. Levy, a professor of epidemiology at Yale. “And the survival advantage remained after adjusting for wealth, education, cognitive ability and many other variables.” You can find the study here
To me this is great news. I love a good book! Which was more interesting was that books were shown to be of more beneficial than newspapers.
Here is why reading the newspapers and watching news media is detrimental to your health:
Most news misleads. We are only just now beginning to recognize how toxic news can be. Medical professionals state that we are not rational enough to be exposed to the press. Watching an airplane crash on television is going to change your attitude toward the risk, regardless of its real probability.
Yet other news is irrelevant. People find it very difficult to recognize what’s relevant. Media organizations want you to believe that news offers you some sort of competitive advantage.
Overall, news is toxic to your body. Panicky stories spur the release of cortisol. This deregulates your immune system and inhibits the release of growth hormones. In other words, your body finds itself in a state of chronic stress. High Cortisol levels cause impaired digestion, lack of growth (cell, hair, bone) nervousness and susceptibility to infections. All leading to you shortening your life.
So pick up a good book. Even a Trashy novel will do you good!
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