Another reason to promote National Literacy Month as researchers have found that people who read up to three and half hours a week were likely to live an average of almost two years longer than those who did not read at all.

“Literacy levels can affect several aspects of a person’s life, from economic well being to family circumstances and mental health.” Countries with the lowest rates of literacy also report the highest rates of infant mortality, low life expectancy and poor nutrition.

Education proved to be the best predictor of whether a person is a book reader. Ninety percent of college graduates reported having read a book, compared with 34% of those who didn’t graduate from high school.

At the end of the day, reading provides us with knowledge and opens up the mind and heart to an array of experiences and emotions.  Grab a book and celebrate National Literacy Month.

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