As GPs start giving book recommendations to help with depression, we ask what are your favourite mood-lifters? ...Today's debate

by Gaby Huddart on Friday, 1 February 2013

It's official - there really is nothing better than a good book to lift the spirits. Or at the least, reading the right kind of novel can significantly help with anxiety, depression and stress, according to the Department of Health, which is promoting a new 'Books on Prescription' scheme.

Under the initiative doctors will soon be distributing leaflets with recommendations of 27 books drawn up by the Reading Agency, which polled book clubs for their favourite mood-enhancing stories.

Laurie Lee's Cider With Rosie, The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford, Bill Bryson's Notes From A Small Island, and The Beach Café by Lucy Diamond are among the suggested works, which will be stocked in libraries nationwide, as well as distributed in colleges, hospitals and workplaces.

It is hoped that reading the books will help those with mild to moderate mental health conditions before they turn to prescription drugs.

Of course, tried and tested mood boosters also include exercise, listening to music, a little retail therapy and sex (and you'll find oodles of other ideas in woman&home's Feel Good You!).

But we'd also like to hear of your personal tips and tricks to feel happier. Does a good book work for you (if so, do you have a favourite?) - or do you have another route to lifting yourself out of the doldrums? Do tell us in the comments box below or join the discussion in our forums now...

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