A recent study done by Yale has conclude that book readers live longer than non- book readers due to the “immersive nature of book readers that improves their cognitive status”. Book reading also causes the reader to develop empathy and relieves stress.
The study concluded that books that have more characters, more plotlines that to making stronger connections increasing one’s cognitive ability.
Top 9 Books you must read to increase your chances of having a long life
- The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
It is well written with good plotlines and story arcs to follow. Also, the book teaches you about empathy, bravery, friendship, tolerance and above all the power of pure love.
- To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Exceedingly honest with elements of brilliant humour, this book gives an unparalleled insight in topics of race, class, gender, politics and the dark side of American justice system.
- Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen
Set in 19th century England, the book enthrals you with its characters that are both beautiful and flawed. It gets everything right from feminism to its insight into class disparity.
- Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
A non-fiction book that may not have a major impact on your imagination skills, but it certainly teaches you a thing or two about financial skills that are exceedingly important.
- Animal Farm by George Oswell
A satirical allegory on the politics in the Soviet Union and Stalin, the book shows the events leading up to Russian Revolution of 1917. It is impossible to not be moved and affected by this dystopian world.
- Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Set in the backdrop of the American civil war and Reconstruction, this a book takes you through the fall of the cunning and smart main protagonist from a life of privilege and her struggle to claw her way back out of poverty.
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
A book that teaches the power of resilience and strong will and how a young girl struggles to get the independence that every woman in Victorian England was denied.
- Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson
Another non-fiction book that helps us embrace change in order to survive in this world and shows us that we all must drop out of the “rat race”.
- Divine Comedy by Dante
Inferno, Purgaoario and Paradiso are the three parts to the 14th century epic poem that is widely considered one of the best pieces of literature. It takes us through a journey of a man through hell, purgatory and finding his way to heaven.
So, what are you waiting for? Start reading as you have a long life to live!