Reading is always referred as being man's 'best friend', and a recent study has just reinforced this belief.
A new insight seems to suggest that one can fall back on this habit easily and reliably to get back to sound emotional health.
Psychiatrists in England are tapping into the world of books, especially those of the self-help category, in helping patients with mild to moderate mental health concerns.
Those who are victims of anxiety, depression, as well as those suffering panic attacks will greatly benefit from self help books. There are about 30 self-help titles which victims can read to heal themselves emotionally.
"The scheme aims to bring reading's healing benefits to the 6 million people with anxiety and depression," said Miranda McKearney, chief executive of the Reading Agency charity which has helped to develop the initiative.
"There is growing evidence showing that self help reading can help people with certain mental health conditions get better."
It is also important to read the right kind of self-help books with a scientific basis. This research has just extended the old concept of bibliotherapy further to show that even six minutes of reading can cut down stress levels.
So, for those who feel emotionally low, reading may just be what the doctor ordered to get you bouncing back to the pink of health!