Of course we all know reading is good for us, but did you know reading a book can reduce stress more quickly than drinking a cup of tea?

According to a study from the University of Sussex, reading can calm stress faster than other relaxation methods like listening to music, going for a walk or having a cup of tea. Psychologists explain that when we read our minds are distracted, and that distraction eases the tension in our muscles and the heart, reducing stress levels by as much as 68%

So the next time you really need to calm down, pick up a good book and start reading. The study claims that as little as six to ten minutes can start to ease your stress.