Daily Challenge Saturday Jan. 29, 2011

Emotional Health
Emotional Health

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Emotional Health focuses on daily experiences related to happiness, enjoyment, sadness, and stress in evaluating overall well-being.

Everyday Well-Being

Find a book (or an audio book, podcast or e-book) to carry with you.

How to do it

Browse for a book or an audio book at your local library or favorite local bookstore. Or download an audio or e-book from a public library that offers online access to its digital collection or Web sites offering free or subscription audio books or podcasts. You can get fiction or nonfiction bestsellers, classic literature, children's literature, history, and many other topics to listen (or read) on your computer, iPad, MP3 player, e-reader, or smartphone.

Why it matters

Engaging your mind in an entertaining work of fiction or a subject you're interested in can be very satisfying, and learning something new can stimulate your brain. Knowing that you've actively chosen how you want to relax or expand your mind can make you feel you're getting the most out of your day -- even when it's during a long commute or wait at the doctor's office. Having easy access to good reading material can encourage you to read more often, rather than not at all.

Fun fact

The idea for audio books dates back at least to the nineteenth century. In 1877, in his patent application for the phonograph, Thomas Edison said that recorded books could be used to "speak to blind people without effort on their part."

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