Want to Reduce Your Stress by 68%?

“The event aims to spread not only books, but also a love of reading,” believes the creator of World Book Night, Jamie Byng, who confidently thinks books can change the world. World Book Night works to spread the joy and love of reading. Set to take place on April 23, 2013 and supported by famous authors such as Margaret Atwood, Dave Eggers, and J.K. Rowling, World Book Night strives to give away one million books in one day. Byng has a group of 20,000 volunteers who follow his visions and help him to distribute the books. By reading books, Byng believes people could live in healthier, saner society. [1]

Studies done by Cognitive Neuropsychologist, Dr. David Lewis, give Byng backing. Lewis studied people whose heart rate and stress levels were increased through various exercises; he then tested different methods to relax participants. 6 minutes of silent reading was all participants needed to reduce their high nerves by 68%. Listening to music reduced stress levels by 61 per cent; sipping a cup of tea or coffee, 54%; and taking a casual walk, 42%.[2]

Dr. Lewis concluded from his studies, “Losing yourself in a book is the ultimate relaxation… It really doesn’t matter what book you read, by losing yourself in a thoroughly engrossing book you can escape from the worries and stresses of the everyday world and spend a while exploring the domain of the author’s imagination.”[3]

So what is stopping you from using this proven source of relaxation? Books are easily accessible and beneficial to you. Read print!


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