OK, so let’s start with the caveats. The first point in this compelling infographic (created by the good folks at Global English Editing) suggests that reading books for more than 3.5 hours a week makes you 23% less likely to die. That’s a heck of a good deal, right? Makes me want to read 3.5 hours a day! It studied people over a 12-year period, and book readers were more likely to live, though I’m not sure what the controls were… I’ll just take the literal interpretation of that stat, if you don’t mind.
Other nuggets listed in the infographic include the incredible stress-reducing effects of reading, though that should have an asterisk suggesting that reading the news has the exact opposite effect on stress levels. I’m all for staying up on the latest developments at home and around the world, but my stress levels aren’t getting any lower in the process. Now, curling up with a good book is a whole other story, and that’s what the “reading reduces stress levels by 68%” statistic is suggesting.
The infographic also spells out how reading can help stave off dementia and depression and fill up your “fulfillment tank,” which is something I bet you didn’t even know you had.
So, the big-picture takeaway… reading has benefits beyond making you seem super intelligent at dinner parties. Who knew something so good could be so good for you?
Read a Book and Develop Super Powers! [Infographic]
Reading Benefits Your Mind And Body [Infographic]
Reading Habits of Americans in 2017 [Infographic]
Reading Habits Around The World
The World’s Most Popular Books Through The Ages [Infographic]