George R. R. Martin once said: “A reader lives a thousand lives. The man who never reads lives one”. With many successful people connecting reading to their good fortune, people who read books live for around two years longer than those who don’t, irrespective of gender, wealth, education or health, according to a Yale University study. While a similar association was found among readers of newspapers, it was weaker. “Book reading contributed to a survival advantage that was significantly greater than that observed for reading newspapers or magazines,” the authors of the study wrote. “Compared to non-book readers, book readers had a 23-month survival advantage,” they noted. Deep reading promotes empathy and emotional intelligence – cognitive processes that can lead to greater chance of survival, the report explained.
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