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Reading may reduce stress by as much as 68% according to a Sussex University study. That’s a stronger effect than going for a walk (42%), drinking a cup of tea or coffee (54%), or listening to music (61%). 

April 12 is known as D.E.A.R Day! D.E.A.R. stands for “Drop Everything and Read,” a national day designed to remind individuals of all ages to make reading a priority in their lives.  

On D.E.A.R Day, everyone is encouraged to put aside all distractions for 30 minutes and enjoy books together. Stop by your local library or pick up a classic from your bookshelf. Start a new habit today by reading before bed or gathering the family for a read-aloud after dinner. 

Need a book recommendation? We’ve put together a few ideas for you.