Courtesy of Curiosity.com:
“Some hobbies are just better for you than others are. Jogging is better for your heart than Solitaire is, and puzzles will probably improve your mental acuity more than rugby. And when it comes to reading, well, it’s certainly good for your soul, but it can’t improve your lifespan, right? Guess again.
About a quarter of American adults report not having read a book in the past year. That’s bad news because a new study proves that reading can majorly extend your lifespan. It’s not exactly the first of its kind, either. Some earlier reports found that, despite the fact that a sedentary lifestyle carries health risks, reading has no detrimental effect on expected lifespan. Others found that reading actually has a positive effect on the length of your life. But this new study sets itself apart by specifically asking about the effect that books have.