Reading Can Reduce Holiday Stress

Updated: Jan 11

Reduce Holiday Stress

Great news as you shop and travel during the holidays. Reading can help reduce stress. Passionate readers will tell you so.

In fact, several years ago; Galaxy Chocolate (UK) commissioned research on reading in order to launch a campaign to give away one million books over a six months period.

The research was carried out on a group of volunteers by consultancy Mindlab International at the University of Sussex in Falmer, Sussex, England.

Here’s what they found:

  • Reading is the best way to relax and even six minutes can be enough to reduce the stress levels by more than two thirds, according to new research.

  • Reading can reduce stress levels by 68 percent.

  • Reading works better and faster than other methods to calm frazzled nerves such as listening to music, going for a walk or settling down with a cup of tea.

  • Reading eases the tensions in muscles and the heart

Psychologists believe this is because the human mind must concentrate on reading and the distraction of being taken into a literary world eases the tensions in muscles and the heart.

The best part about reading as stress relief is that there is no stress in choosing what to read or when. Read as you take a bus or train to the mall to do holiday shopping. Stuck in traffic as you head out to shop? Take a book to read while your spouse or shopping buddy drive. Choose something that you truly enjoy. If it is a military, crime or suspense novel and that makes you happy and calm…that will work too.

Whether you are stuck on the highway in holiday gridlock traffic; or in mind-blowing delays on the train or at the airport., reading can help reduce the stress.

2 Great Recommendations::

Accelerant Series – The Sixth Extinction: What if there was a reset button that could set the entire universe back to the point of creation? What would life be like and what could most probably change? An organization called Genesis believes strongly that the world has been raped and awfully polluted to the brink of imminent extinction, and they must save it. The Sixth Extinction is a riveting story that powerfully depicts radicalism and folly at their peak. This is an epic tale of folly and bravery, a story packed with action. The Sixth Extinction is gripping and engrossing. Although this is a work of fiction, it reads so realistically because it draws from scientific facts that seem to be well researched and it centers on realities that affect humanity at this age. Robinson knows how to call the attention of readers to crucial questions through his masterful storytelling. The plot is fast-paced, and the author has intelligently used humor and suspense to grab the attention of readers.

Accelerant Series – Continental Drift; The Battle at the Puerto Rico Trench: The dramatic and heart-stopping sequel to 'Accelerant Series: The Sixth Extinction.' This riveting novel featuring political intrigue, terrorism, and crime, a colossal tale that is as epic as it is engaging. The earth has been abused, polluted, and altered in very negative ways and the Genesis Organization can’t stand aside and watch it die. Once defeated by the United States Military forces, this shadowy but powerful group retreated into hiding, but now they are returning; well-prepared, well-equipped, and with a force that no one can stop. They have chosen the most unlikely place to wage war against humankind — the Mid-Atlantic Oceanic Ridge. Their mission: create a new earth under one government. Can anyone stop the highly skilled assassins or the battleships that are about to be unleashed on the world? Will this create the fix they have dreamed about or an apocalypse?

Get your copy now…at Amazon and all fine bookstores online. Available in hardback and eBooks:

  • Accelerant - Sixth Extinction: The Accelerant Series

  • Accelerant - Continental Drift: The Sequel

HAPPY HOLIDAYS and stay safe!


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