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Reduce stress by reading.

by Georgi Bordner, Head of Technical Services

Come to the Library for all your relaxation-reading needs.(2) Come to the Library for all your relaxation-reading needs.(2)

Are classes, deadlines, or work responsibilities creating a lot of stress in your life? Take time out to read! According to a 2009 study by the University of Sussex, “Reading is the best way to relax, and even six minutes can be enough to reduce stress levels by more than two thirds.”1 The research shows that reading works even better than listening to music or going for a walk, because the distraction of concentrating on reading does more to ease the tension in the muscles and heart. But it works best if it’s a book or magazine you enjoy, so your textbooks might not do the job!

If you’re looking for some leisure reading material, the Library can help! You might start by browsing the current periodicals on the first floor. There you’ll find a variety of popular magazines, as well as recent publications in many different subject areas that you might find interesting. Any of these will give you an opportunity to relax in a comfortable chair in the Library while spending a few minutes reading.

If you’d rather select a book that you can spend more time reading at home, the Popular Collection on the second floor is a good place to start. The Christian novels and other books in this small collection were chosen especially for the leisure reading enjoyment of the Regent community.

If you prefer other types of fiction or non-fiction books, the Library offers a wealth of options. You might choose a biography, or maybe some classic literature, or the current book club selection, as recommended in a recent blog article on slow books. Also, don’t forget to peruse the new book shelves, located to the right of the main stairs on the first floor.

It doesn’t really matter what you choose, as long as it’s something that interests you.

Don’t let stress get you down – Read!


1Andy Chiles, “Reading can help reduce stress, according to University of Sussex research,” The Argus, March 30, 2009, http:www.theargus.co.uknews4245076.print.

2Image credit: http:news.jeebboo.com20130123a-jeebboo-survey-in-search-of-the-ultimate-relaxation-methods.

Pat Williams issues reading challenge at the Library

Pat Williams answers audience questions.Written by Harold Henkel, Associate Librarian

Pat Williams, noted motivational speaker and senior vice president of the Orlando Magic basketball team, paid a visit to the University Library on November 10 to discuss the importance for leaders to be continuously reading books. The author himself of 56 books, Mr. Williams began his talk by reminding the audience that the brain is like a muscle-without constant exercise it atrophies. The best way to keep the brain fit is through reading books.

The Reading Challenge

Pat Williams’s “Reading Challenge,” which he issues to audiences throughout the country, is to read a book of your choice for one hour per day, every day, for the rest of your life. Assuming an average reading speed of 200 words per minute, readers who take the Williams challenge will complete one book per week and 52 books per year. Williams also said that reading five books on any one topic will qualify you as an “expert” on that subject. According to Williams, when he travels, the only planning question that sometimes gives him difficulty is which books to bring.

For those who wish to read faster and better, Williams highly recommended speed reading methods, such as the Reading Dynamics method pioneered by Evelyn Wood.

You can view Pat Williams’ Reading Challenge on the video section of his website.