It’s confirmed now: nudism/naturism is one of the keys to happiness and well-being.

That’s the conclusion of a study by scientists on the psychological effects of nudism, according to an article on the Irish Independent site and others.

They confirmed what every naturist knows: People in public nudism settings experience “immediate and significant improvements in body-image, self-esteem and life satisfaction.”

Says the report: “Analysis of the data suggested that seeing other people naked was more important than being naked yourself. . . . Naturism may offer a low-cost and simple solution to body dissatisfaction.”

BBC news reader Victoria Graham picked up on the theme and, apparently, caused quite a stir when she posted on Twitter a “naked” head and shoulders shot of herself behind the mike in the studio, along with this:

Reports the Daily Mail: “(It) was enough to titillate the internet, prompting a raft of suggestive comments to the TV anchor, who returned to BBC Spotlight in 2015 after a two-year break.”

From what I can see, they are still going on about it on Twitter.

But all is not happiness and well-being in the world of naturism, apparently.

Amid accusations of “wasteful spending and nepotism,” Britain’s official naturism body is threatening to pull out of the International Naturism Federation (INF), the Telegraph is reporting.

Britain is demanding that Sieglinde Ivo step down from her post as president of the INF. Ivo is accused of not doing enough to promote the benefits of naturism, spending too much to move the INF’s offices closer to her hometown, and staffing the office with members of her family.

Of course, regular readers here know that nudists are hardly a united bunch. See two recent posts here: Double standards within the social nudism community; and Full-frontal nudity in pictures.

All in all, plenty of interesting reading about social nudism/naturism on such a winter’s day . . .

Happy Sunday, everyone!

About Sunday Reads posts: This is a weekly feature giving us all a chance to point to an article or two or three that we found interesting in the preceding week, or the morning of. They can be offbeat, humorous, weighty commentary, whatever. So, if you have any recommendations, please point to them in the readers’ comments section below.

— Jillian

Photo: Families swim at naturist camping spot Monts de Bussy, Haute-Vienne, France. (Photo: Alain Tanguay/Wikipedia)