Reading for pleasure boosts self esteem

A street cat named Bob: how one man and a cat saved each other's livesNew research on behalf of Galaxy Quick Reads has found that people who read regularly for pleasure have greater levels of self-esteem, are less stressed, and can cope better with difficult situations than lapsed or non-readers.

16m adults in the UK – almost a third of the UK adult population – are lapsed readers, who used to read but either rarely read now or don’t read at all, though 58% of people read regularly. 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.

Out of the darkBarriers for lapsed readers include lack of time and of enjoyment. The research found that 2.2m people in the UK who used to read now rarely or never pick up a book because of a difficult event in their lives, such as ill health, death or getting divorced and that 1.2m adults have stopped reading as a result of some form of depression.

Director of Quick Reads, Cathy Rentzenbrink, 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.”

Dr.Josie Billington who carried out the research said: “Whilst the cumulative societal benefits of reading have been widely acknowledged, it’s important also to recognise the gains to be had from reading on our personal health and wellbeing.”

Galaxy Quick Reads’ 2015 titles which are in stock:

Dead Man Talking by Roddy Doyle

Paris for (Two) One by Jojo Moyes

Red for Revenge by Fanny Blake

Pictures or it Didn’t Happen by Sophie Hannah

Out of the Dark by Adele Geras

Street Cat Bob by James Bowen