Health Benefits of Writing

WRITING INSPIRATION BUILDER. Here’s why I want you to start writing, and preferably writing blogs. Do you know the health benefits of writing? It doesn’t matter if you’re not a writer or if you claim you don’t know how to write. Just write, right now. And better if you do a blog anonymously–just pour out your thoughts and emotions freely like what I do with my anonymous blog. And it’s been doing me lots of good physically, emotionally, mentally, and even spiritually. It can improve your intellectual maturity.

Listen to Karen A. Baikie and Kay Wilhelm: “Writing about traumatic, stressful or emotional events has been found to result in improvements in both physical and psychological health, in non-clinical and clinical populations. In the expressive writing paradigm, participants are asked to write about such events for 15–20 minutes on 3–5 occasions. Those who do so generally have significantly better physical and psychological outcomes compared with those who write about neutral topics,” [“Emotional and Physical Health Benefits of Expressive Writing,” Advances in Psychiatric Treatments].

Stress is often the main source of illnesses and deadly diseases. Unless you unload yourself of stress, anxiety and pressure, your internal body system gets acidic and acidic environment is a favorite breeding ground of infections, bad bacteria, and diseases. Let it go and along with it go acidity. Then take alkaline food and water. One way of eliminating stress is to write it out of your system. You can write your way to better health!

Here’s another interesting write-up on this: “Even those who suffer from specific diseases can improve their health through writing. Studies have shown that people with asthma who write have fewer attacks than those who don’t; AIDS patients who write have higher T-cell counts. Cancer patients who write have more optimistic perspectives and improved quality of life,” says Rachel Grate of Mic.Com in her article “Science Shows Something Surprising about People Who Love to Write.”

People who are able to talk about their problems and woes have better chances of getting relief from them and getting better health. But not everyone can talk about themselves like that to people. So, the alternative is to write. And your writing has a good chance of being read on the Net. The health benefits of writing are more pronounced when you know that your write-ups have an audience while your real identity remains secure. Where else can you get that than through blogging?

Here’s another reason why writing makes you healthier: “James W. Pennebaker has been conducting research on writing to heal for years at the University of Texas at Austin. ‘When people are given the opportunity to write about emotional upheavals, they often experience improved health,’ Pennebaker writes. ‘They go to the doctor less. They have changes in immune function.’

“Why? Pennebaker believes this act of expressive writing allows people to take a step back and evaluate their lives. Instead of obsessing unhealthily over an event, they can focus on moving forward. By doing so, stress levels go down and health correspondingly goes up,” the same article by Rachel Grate adds.

Moreover, the feeling of sharing something that would help people in the same situation gives you a feeling of well-being and achievement, a mission in life that makes you find meaning in everything. A positive outlook helps improve chances of recuperation and even total healing. Once you see meaning and understand why something happens in your life, you are equipped with better coping mechanisms. You begin to respond positively and that helps healing and recovery a lot.

Jesus often told a patient who got healing touch from God: “Your faith has made you well!” Such faith was actually a discovery of meaning in everything that was happening, specifically discovering God’s very purpose. Well, the patients in Jesus’ time never wrote anything to get in better health, but they encountered first hand the WORD made flesh that God wrote with His own hand. That’s clearly among the health benefits of writing.

Listen to this article on the site, American Psychological Association, written by Bridget Murray: “Researchers are only beginning to get at how and why writing may benefit the immune system, and why some people appear to benefit more than others. There is emerging agreement, however, that the key to writing’s effectiveness is in the way people use it to interpret their experiences, right down to the words they choose. Venting emotions alone–whether through writing or talking–is not enough to relieve stress, and thereby improve health, (Joshua) Smyth (PhD of Syracuse University) emphasizes. To tap writing’s healing power, people must use it to better understand and learn from their emotions, he says.”

And the good news is that, writing is not just for professional writers, as singing is not just for professional singers. Anyone can write, as anyone can sing. And as you practice writing, the possibilities of improving and even professionalizing are there. Then success at professional writing takes your health on a higher level!

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2 thoughts on “Health Benefits of Writing

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