by Julie Fidler, Natural Society:
Past studies have shown that reading books can benefit people in a multitude of ways, physically, mentally, and intellectually. Now in a new study, people who read a book for about 30 minutes a day were found to live approximately 2 years longer than those who didn’t read at all. 
In previous research, curling up with a good book has been shown to improve people’s social skills by improving their ability to read the thoughts and feelings of others.
Researchers at the University of Sussex in England found that reading was “the most effective way to overcome stress” – even better than listening to music, having a cup of tea, or going for a walk.
Still not convinced you should put down your smartphone and go grab a book? Well, cracking open the cover of one makes you smarter. In a 1993 study published in the journal Advances in Child Development and Behavior, researchers wrote:
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