Writing your way to happiness

‘I don’t know what I think until I read what I wrote.’

writingTo paraphrase Gordon Gekko in the movie Wall Street (1987): “The point is, ladies and gentlemen, that writing, for lack of a better word, is good.” From an article in the New York Times:

The scientific research on the benefits of so-called expressive writing is surprisingly vast. Studies have shown that writing about oneself and personal experiences can improve mood disorders, help reduce symptoms among cancer patients, improve a person’s health after a heart attack, reduce doctor visits and even boost memory.

Now researchers are studying whether the power of writing — and then rewriting — your personal story can lead to behavioral changes and improve happiness.
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