Reading Can Help Reduce Stress

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The British newspaper The Telegraph reports on a study that reveals reading for even six minutes can reduce stress levels by two-thirds. From the article : 
 

Dr Lewis, who conducted the test, said: “Losing yourself in a book is the ultimate relaxation. This is particularly poignant in uncertain economic times when we are all craving a certain amount of escapism. 

 

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. This is more than merely a distraction but an active engaging of the imagination as the words on the printed page stimulate your creativity and cause you to enter what is essentially an altered state of consciousness.”


Read the whole article online here .

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One thought on “Reading Can Help Reduce Stress

  1. Yes, this reminds me about a conversation I had with Kabat-Zinn at UMass Medical School several years ago regarding his ideas about “mindfulness” and some of my ideas about “reading.” Kabat-Zinn suggested at the time that reading was very much like meditation. Makes sense.

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