Young Woman Reading a BookFood, exercise, and sleep are important, but using your mind may be just as important. While there are many studies that have associated an active mind with a decreased risk of dementia/Alzheimer’s, here’s a new study that associates it with longevity: people who spend at least half an hour a day reading lived an average of two years longer than those who didn’t.

Of course, that’s just a correlation. The causation could be any number of things—reading is associated with other things like lower stress and increased empathy, as well as other beneficial traits. The decreased risk of dementia also means a lower risk of dieing in and of itself, since dementia brings a lot of negative health factors with it. But I think this study will go on to be associated with other broad studies that show active, engaged minds go hand in hand with better health.

While reading a half hour a day is a good goal, note that news/periodicals don’t have quite the same effect. If you don’t want to read, try other equally engaged activities: try a free educational app, and learn about something interesting that school never covered (or that hadn’t been written yet!), try and excel at some sort of art (it could even be a new social activity), or find something else that grabs your mind and engages you.

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