The news was so hot, two friends called and another sent me the clipping of the article by Pulitzer winning writer Amy Ellis Nutt from the Washington Post – Scientists Say Book Lovers Live Longer Than Non-Readers. Just reading books more than 3.5 hours a week – a half hour a day – can add to your life span. Imagine what reading more in a day can do, but be careful to get up and move around now and then, since the Annals of Internal Medicine recently linked a sedentary lifestyle to early death.
Someone suggested listening to books on tape while walking, jogging, biking – to cover all bases. I could never give up the pleasure of turning the pages, or the convenience of a quick download of a best seller, but I am working on my Audible list. Here are a few:
- The Country Wife – starring Maggie Smith in a BBC dramatization
- Say Something Happened by Alan Bennett
- The Road Home: Stories of Lake Wobegon by Garrison Kellor
- In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
My favorite study, however, linked eating chocolate to good health and long life.