Why Reading Books Makes You a Happier Person, According to Survey
If you're a bibliophile who simply cannot wait to dig into a new book, we've got good news for you. Turns out, you may be a happier person than non-readers.
According to a survey of 27,305 people in 13 countries commissioned by Kindle, 71 percent of participants who read weekly reported feeling happier, compared to those who read less often or not at all.
But wait, there's even more good news. A full 80 percent of survey respondents said that reading not only made them happier, but it also helped improve their relationships. And, 81 percent of respondents to the survey said they look forward to discussing their books with others.
According to the survey's findings, books can help you more deeply connect with your partner too. Forty-one percent of couples polled in the survey reported that discussing their reads was one of the things that made them fall in love with their partner in the first place. But, be careful when telling a new flame about your book choices, as 30 percent said they would question their relationship based on what types of books or genres their partner selected. Be even more cautious about telling someone you don't read at all, as 29 percent of respondents said they would question their relationship if their partner said he or she wasn't a reader at all.
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If you're the kind of person who cancels plans just so you can finish your book, you might be surprised to find out that you're not alone. According to the survey, 70 percent of participants said they've skipped social plans in favor of staying home to read instead.
"Reading has long been a way for us to escape into a different world or to learn something new," Amazon wrote in a blog post about the findings. "In the face of increasing connectivity, many of us want to get lost in a book and not be interrupted by notifications or distractions."
Though you may not be a voracious reader yet that's OK. According to the survey, nearly half of the global participants said they are making it a personal development goal to read more this year. So, why not join them? Here are 50 books from the last 50 years that should be on everyone's reading list.