Quick Reads have released a new report, that reveals the fundamental benefits that reading for pleasure can have on the nation's overall health and wellbeing.
The study was commissioned by Galaxy chocolate on behalf of Quick Reads, a UK charity that produces short books by well-known authors for busy people and less confident readers.
The research, conducted by Dr Josie Billington from University of Liverpool, found that people who read for 30 minutes a week are 20% more likely to report greater life satisfaction than those who do not, while readers are 21% less likely to report feelings of depression and are 10% more likely to report good self-esteem than non-readers.
As many as 42% of the UK’s 16 million lapsed readers cited lack of time as their biggest reason for not picking up a book. With one in three adults in the UK not reading for pleasure, Galaxy® and Quick Reads are calling upon lapsed and non-readers to consider the wider health and wellbeing benefits of picking up a book and starting to read today.
Cathy Rentzenbrink, director of Quick Reads, said: “I have always found reading to be a great source of comfort and this research confirms what I have long witnessed professionally: reading can help any one of us to be healthier, happier and ultimately to get more out of life.”
You can read the full Reading Between the Lines: The Benefits of Reading for Pleasure report here.