Improve your life in just 30 minutes a week

Improve your life in just 30 minutes a week.


Spend 30 minutes reading

The recently released report Reading between the lines: the benefits of reading for pleasure, found that those who read for just 30 minutes per week are 20% more likely to be satisfied with their lives.

The study by the University of Liverpool’s Centre for Research into Reading, Literature and Society, in partnership with Quick Reads (who commission authors to write short books that are specifically designed to be easy to read, and aimed at adult readers who are less confident in their reading skills) and commissioned by Galaxy® chocolate.
A comforting combination, a book and chocolate – though be careful with any errant chocolate shards, don’t want them on the pristine pages of a book 🙂

Have a look at the Quick Reads site, some fantastic authors there, such as Sophie Hannah, Adele Geras, and Lindsey Davis.

Other benefits found in the report included:


  • 43% of readers said reading helped them get a better night’s sleep
  • Readers reported higher levels of creativity (48%) than non-readers (38%)
  • 19% of readers said reading stopped them feeling lonely
  • Regular readers reported 57% greater cultural awareness and 21% more general knowledge
  • an increase in empathy, as many as two thirds of readers (64%) reported a better understanding of other people’s feelings versus less than half (48%) of non-readers.

Another, earlier study, by Mindlab International tested ways of reducing stress, including listening to music, drinking a cup of tea or coffee, and going for a walk. The results showed that reading worked best, reducing stress levels by 68 per cent.

Dr Lewis, who conducted the test, said: “Losing yourself in a book is the ultimate relaxation…you can escape from the worries and stresses of the everyday world and spend a while exploring the domain of the author’s imagination…. the words on the printed page stimulate your creativity and cause you to enter what is essentially an altered state of consciousness.”

Anther acknowledged benefit of reading is a widening of vocabulary, which can enhance conversational skills.

The 2015 report concludes that:

Readers feel happier about themselves and their lives

and reading for just 30 minutes a week:


  • produces greater life satisfaction
    • enhances social connectedness and sense of community spirit
      • helps protect against and even prepare for life difficulties

There is no doubt about it, reading is definitely good for you!

Not sure about cats though…..