Have just spotted this on Cornflower’s book blog:
From the findings of a Sussex University study on reading:
“Reading is the best way to relax….[working] better and faster than other methods to calm nerves…” Both the concentration required and the distraction “of being taken into a literary world eases the tensions in muscles and the heart”, and as little as six minutes of this can do the trick, apparently.
Excellent. Let’s start asking the NHS to prescribe free books, or at least a library membership. 🙂