Reading stimulates our minds, it can wander off to places we've never knew or imagine. It helps our minds get the nourishment it needs. It can help you grow in whatever you would set your mind to. It can of course, help you in times of stress. I love to read where it can solely take over my soul. A place where there is no nuisance or disturbances. A place where I can feel the breath of the words that I am reading which brings to life. But sometimes, it does matter where you live. For example in my case, I'm living near the road where transportation noises are like nothing to me. So reading for myself and for my kids can never be as solemn as I would prefer it to be.