Reading makes you healthy! (an infographic)

We love reading books, and we’re guessing you do too. However, did you know that reading helps us live longer, stay sharper, be happier, as well as have more friends too?

Reading fiction has been shown to increase empathy and theory of mind, and these qualities can enhance your ability to make more meaningful social connections. Having a good social network is associated with better health and a longer life. In fact, loneliness and social isolation are factors associated with early death. Dementia and Alzheimer’s can also be staved off by engaging in mental activities such as reading.

Researchers studied the reading habits of 3635 people, and followed up with them 12 years later. They found that people who read books for 3.5 hours or more per week were 23% less likely to die than those who did not read books at all. Even more interesting is that book reading had a higher survival advantage over reading newspapers and magazines.

Global English Editing have created this fascinating infographic which shows us how incredibly healthy reading is for us. Of course, we didn’t need to know that reading is good for us because we would read on anyway. This is just the icing on the cake!

About Fictionophile

Fiction reviewer ; Goodreads librarian. Retired library cataloger - more time to read! Loves books, gardening, and red wine. I have been a reviewer member of NetGalley since October 2013. I review titles offered by Edelweiss, and participate in blog tours with TLC Book Tours.
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27 Responses to Reading makes you healthy! (an infographic)

  1. Madam Mim says:

    Not that I needed more reasons to read… but this makes a great excuse!

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  5. This is so awesome!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  6. bibliobeth says:

    I LOVE THIS!! 😍

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  7. Emma says:

    I can’t wait to live forever!

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  8. Sammie says:

    Wow, that’s an awesome infographic! I knew some of these, but I didn’t realize all the benefits reading could have. Think hubby would totally buy these benefits late at night when he’s trying to go to bed and I want just one more chapter? xD Yeah, I guess probably not … but it never hurts to try. 😉

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  9. I’m going to save this on my phone and send to anyone who dares to ask “Why do you read so much”.
    Perfect! 😀

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  10. I love everything about this. Great post!

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  11. The Avid Reader says:

    A really interesting post! Also a great excuse to use, when I buy more books!

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  12. emmareadstoomuch says:

    WE ALL KNEW IT. this is fabulous confirmation now i feel better than everyone

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  13. Carrie Rubin says:

    Such wonderful news. Makes me want to curl up with a good book today and gives me permission to do so!

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  14. B Lostinacoulee says:

    Such a great post! Thank you for sharing!

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  15. Sandra says:

    Woo hoo! So many extra reasons for picking up a book!

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  16. This is really interesting, thank you for sharing it. Not that we needed reasons to read, but now we have even more.

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  17. Hi!! Didn’t know these facts!! Well! reading makes me happy!! ☺

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