If you want to feel better about yourself, then read a book. Any book will do — from a romance to a buttoned-down history book, to the bible itself. People who read regularly for pleasure (all those boring business reports don’t count) have higher levels of self-esteem, lower levels of stress and can cope better with difficult situations than non-readers, according to research from the University of Liverpool in England. The survey showed that well over half of adults (58 percent) are regular readers, 10 percent consider themselves non-readers, and about one-third are lapsed readers. Lapsed readers used to read regularly but now either rarely read or never read, due in large part to lack of time or lack of enjoyment.