Bookworms, unite!
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Is that book making you happy?

Yes, yes it is. Or so says Amazon Kindle in a new global survey of 27,305 people in 13 countries that revealed that frequent readers reported themselves as happier than less regular readers and non-readers. The survey, conducted by Kelton Global, found that 71% of weekly readers felt happier than those who read less frequently or those who don't read at all (55%).

Additionally, the survey gleaned some more fascinating intel about bookworms. More than 80% of those surveyed credit reading for improving their relationships. An impressive 30% of survey participants who are married or in a relationship say they would question their relationship based on the types of books or genres their partner chooses.

Interestingly, over 70% of survey participants admit they have skipped or put off another activity in order to make time for reading. (Guilty as charged, especially when a bubble bath or fireplace is involved.) In countries like Mexico, Brazil, India, Italy and Japan, more people would prefer to read than get extra shut-eye. You can read more about the survey results here.

If you're looking to read more, consider signing up for the free site goodreads. You may find that setting a yearly "reading challenge" motivates you to stay on top of your reading game. The site also serves as a recommendation engine based on what you read and rate and you can follow the feeds of friends, authors, and celebrities, to boot.

Now, if only we could get our better half to pick up something other than a golf magazine.


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