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Re-reading books

Re-reading books is good for your health

Study says revisiting classics makes us happy

How many times have you read your favourite book? Once? Twice? Nine times? Well, new research has shown that re-reading books that we first experienced during a happy time in our lives can have a comforting effect and be good for our mental health.

Academics, who studied people in New Zealand and the US, found that the repeated experience led to heightened pleasure and increased knowledge and awareness.

The study, which also looked at re-watching films and re-visiting favourite haunts, showed that the second reading of a book is also more ‘emotional’ as readers delve deeper into the layers of the novel. Think twice before throwing away that battered Penguin Classic then…

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