According to a 2009 study at the University of Sassex, Mindlab International, the number one stress reducer is reading. Dr. David Lewis of Galaxy Stress Research reported that reading was proved:
• 68% better at reducing stress levels than listening to music
• 100% more effective than drinking a cup of tea
• 300% better than going for a walk
• 700% more than playing video games
As little as six minutes is sufficient to reduce stress levels by 60%, slowing heart beat, easing muscle tension and calming the state of mind.
For me this is just one more reason to prioritize daily worship. Whether reading 30 minutes a day or nearly two hours, the benefits are waiting for us: less stress, and a stronger connection to our Savior. Sounds like a win/win to me!
Juanita Edge, Communication Director