Cut Stress--Write!
> 11/25/2005 4:24:07 PM

The personal reflection and exploration of journaling can be extremely beneficial for your health, according to researchers from the University of Texas.

"Research suggests that when people write about emotional upheavals in their lives, improvements in physical and psychological health can result," said James W. Pennebaker, chair of the department of Psychology.

By enabling clearer thinking, expressive writing helps individuals get past trauma. It also helps them improve their social relationships as they get better at talking, laughing and being more at ease with others, Pennebaker said.

Through writing, people are able to observe their patterns of behavior and how they handle various situations, said George Holmes, a psychologist at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.

"If you have to write something, you have to sit down, reflect on the events, put them in some kind of order," he said. "And as you're doing that, there's a certain level of mastery of the situation or anxiety that occurs."


This is probably one of the reasons blogging has become very popular. Not only do you get to write about your stress, but you know there may be someone out there reading it - thus "listening". For me just writing on paper does not seem to be enough.
Posted by: Amy 11/25/2005 8:21:59 AM

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