Research shows that people who read live longer. Reading for 30 minutes a day could help. Reading keeps our mind busy, reduces stress and is good for our health. Books help the brain more than newspapers and magazines, but any reading is good. In the study, researchers looked at the lifestyles, reading habits, health and education of 3,500 men and women for 12 years. Everyone was over 50 years old at the start of the research.
The study found that people who read for up to 3.5 hours a week were 17 per cent less likely to die than those who read no books. A researcher said older people lived longer when they read. She said it didn't matter if you were male or female, healthy, rich or well educated. She also said people over 65 years old spend 4.4 hours a day watching television. She said they should read more and watch less TV if they want to live longer.