by Lexi Petronis
GlamourI know, I know...it's Thursday! Who has time to read on a Thursday? But these brain and body (and relationship!) benefits might inspire you to tuck into a book on your lunch hour or during your next coffee break (I know that's what I feel like doing, anyway).
It reduces stress. And who doesn't need a little bit of that in her life? Whether it's a work of fiction that transports you to another world or a nonfiction book that challenges you to think, research has shown that reading a book can lessen your stress levels by up to 68 percent.
Reading a book might actually help divorce-proof your marriage. For real! Celebrity divorce lawyer Raoul Felder says that reading a book every two weeks helps ensure there's always new stuff to talk about--zeroing out the chance of having banter with your significant other be the same old, same old all the time.
It can improve your concentration. All the multitasking you do during the course of your day--checking email while eating lunch, fielding phone calls, meeting with coworkers or classmates about different projects--can add up to increased stress and even lowered productivity. Grabbing even 15 minutes of a book while on the subway or before you head out for the day makes your brain focus on one single point.
OK, I'm up for a good book! Need some good book ideas? Check out Glamour's list of must-reads!