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Depressed? Forget pills, try reading

In Britain, a charity called “The Reading Agency” has put together a list of books to be prescribed for mild to moderate depression – hopefully reducing the amount of pills that are taken. And they don’t mean traditional self-help books, but novels.

The list includes:

  • Salman Rushdie: Haroun and the Sea of Stories
  • Frances Hodgson Burnett: The Secret Garden
  • Laurie Lee: Cider with Rosie

The agency says that reading can improve stress levels by over 60%.

Full story at CBC News.

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