From The Guardian:
Name: Book clubs.
Age: Nothing but a number.
Appearance: The very elixir of eternal life.
Really? Book clubs make you live for ever? Well, no. But they might make you live a little longer.
Because in my friend’s book club, everybody drinks enough wine to fell an elephant. It’s only true if you’re part of a certain demographic.
Explain yourself. According to results published this week in BMJ Open, a UK medical journal, people enjoy healthier lives if they maintain social bonds after they retire. Something like a book club, where you regularly meet friends and chat, can significantly reduce your risk of death in the first six years post-retirement.
So it’s the social interaction that keeps you alive, not the book club itself? That’s right. You could also be a member of a sporting club or a church society.
So I wouldn’t actually have to read the books? I suppose not. Like you said, it’s the social interaction that counts.
Link to the rest at The Guardian