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Those who enjoy reading books can likely enjoy a longer life in which to read them. A cohort study recently combined the data of 3,635 people to assess the impact of various reading patterns on longevity. Engaging the mind in book reading was shown to maintain cognitive status and increase longevity by 23 months, compared with non-book readers. This novel finding was independent of gender, education, health or wealth and showed that any amount of book reading increased survival.

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