Friday, April 10, 2009

Reading Reduces Stress

The Daily Telegraph reports on new research showing that just six minutes of reading can reduce stress levels by two-thirds: "Subjects only needed to read, silently, for six minutes to slow down the heart rate and ease tension in the muscles."

The study determined that reading reduced stress more than listening to music, drinking a cup of tea or coffee, taking a walk, or playing video games. The conclusion: "Losing yourself in a book is the ultimate relaxation."

Sounds good, right? Just keep in mind that the study "was commissioned by Galaxy chocolate to launch a campaign to give away one million books over the next six months." Just a coincidence?

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