…so say researchers from Mindlab international consultancy at the University of Sussex. According to their tests, losing yourself in a book for six minutes is a more effective way of reducing stress than listening to music, taking a walk or having a cuppa! Any type of book is effective, apparently, as long as the reader can become engrossed in it and enter what is essentially an altered state of consciousness.
This research ties in with a test undertaken by Daisy Goodwin during the 2008 BBC4 programme on romantic fiction, Reader I Married Him. Daisy showed that reading romantic fiction, even for a short while, lowered stress levels.
I find immersing myself in a romantic read very relaxing 🙂 You can read more about the Mindlab Consultancy research here. It was commissioned by Galaxy chocolate to launch their book giveaway campaign.
Talking of good romantic reads and giveaways ;0) today is publication day for my short story collection, Midsummer Eve at Rookery End! Check out my web site for the chance to win a copy of Midsummer Eve AND my Regency romance The Paradise Will, published by Robert Hale.