THIS is what helped Queen Elizabeth II stay active at 96

“All my life, be it short or long, shall be devoted to your service. Queen Elizabeth II, then Princess Elizabeth, had said it on her 21st birthday in 1947 on the radio – a promise to Britain and the Commonwealth of Nations which she kept until her death on September 8, 2022. She was 96.

With her death comes the end of an era… However, what is surprising is that the Queen was working until two days before her death, when she officially met Liz Truss at Balmoral Castle. “His Majesty has asked her to form a new Administration. Ms Truss has accepted His Majesty’s offer and has been appointed Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury,” a statement from the royal family said.

Earlier this year, the Queen completed 70 years of her reign, making her the longest-reigning monarch in British history. So what has helped her stay active and going all these years?

In response to that question, biographer Bryan Kozlowski recently revealed that Queen Elizabeth II stayed healthy by following some “mental habits,” The New York Times reported. The Queen’s daily routine included reading the newspapers at breakfast each morning, which kept her abreast of all important social and political developments. At her job, she received a red box every day containing very important documents — including parliamentary reports and classified intelligence documents — which she then read and checked throughout the day. This daily habit of reading helped her stay mentally active, even at 96!

It is scientifically proven that reading has many benefits. Some of them are:

1. Reading helps strengthen the brain

2. It not only makes one knowledgeable, but also more empathetic

3. Helps build vocabulary

4. Reading and keeping your mind engaged helps prevent cognitive decline. Many studies show that older adults who read or solve daily math problems maintain and improve their cognitive functioning.

5. Reading before going to bed helps one to relax and aids in better sleep.

6. Regular reading also helps relieve depression. “Reading fiction can allow you to temporarily escape your own world and be drawn into the fictional experiences of the characters. And nonfiction self-help books can teach you strategies that may help you manage symptoms. That’s why the UK’s National Health Service launched Reading Well, a Books on Prescription program where doctors prescribe self-help books edited by medical experts specifically for certain conditions,” reports Healthline.

7. Regular reading increases your lifespan, according to a study!

Queen Elizabeth II’s long life was certainly quite inspiring in many ways for everyone. If you want to live a long, healthy and active life like hers, you know what to do — pick up a book and make reading a daily habit!

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