Writing is an incredible gift, but it’s not exclusive to those who write bestsellers or Hollywood blockbusters. Instead, writing is a skill we all possess, and using it can bring us both health and happiness in equal measure. Science has shown us the power of writing for our mental stability and health.
Today, we’ll look at some psychological benefits of writing and how you can start feeling these boosts to your mental health today.
3 Psychological Benefits of Writing
Whether it’s with a pen and paper, or on a computer, we have tools all around us that can help us right. Technology has grown exponentially, and with it, our power to put our thoughts to paper has never been stronger.
As a full-time writer, I’ve seen both sides of the equation. There are times when my writing brings me joy and takes me out of the daily routine, if only for a moment. Then, there’s times when my mind becomes a jumbled mess, and the very thought of putting my fingers onto a keyboard makes me sick to my stomach.
Writing is most certainly something that can make you happier and healthier, but like anything you can overdo it. I absolutely think you should chase your dream of owning a website and reaching as many people online as you can, but don’t let your passion consume you.
Enjoy these benefits, but work responsibly with your craft. Now, let’s take a look at how you can start enjoying the brighter side of writing:
1. Writing is Therapeutic
Studies have shown that writing of all kinds, from blogging, to expressive work, to simply jotting down what you think, has therapeutic benefits. By expressing yourself through your writing, you can enjoy improved mood, well-being, and reduced stress.
Consider this information from Adam Grant:
“Research by Laura King shows that writing about achieving future goals and dreams can make people happier and healthier.”
Furthermore, that same article mentions that people who were working in fundraising were able to increase their hourly effort by 29% over the course of two weeks, simply by writing down how their work made a difference in personal journals.
Writing also helps us cope with hard times. A study about job loss found that people who wrote about their situation were able to work through it easier. They had higher chances of being hired, and they found themselves less angry at former employers.
Older studies found that writing about traumatic experiences had negative effects until about six months later, at which point there were emotional benefits. This bring us to a crucial point about timing.
You can’t force writing, especially when you’re talking about something close to home. Instead, you should wait for the inspiration to hit, and if you sit down to write, don’t force it. You’ll do more damage than good in this type of situation.
2. You Think and Communicate Better
We all know the frustration that strikes when we’re trying to convey a message to someone, and the words just aren’t coming out the way we want them to. This is doubly frustrating when you’re trying to persuade someone of something.
Writing can also help you work out the issue of things “sounding better in your head” by putting your raw thoughts down on paper. It allows you to see them in a physical form, and reading them outloud can help you understand why they work, or why they don’t.
3. Writing Makes You a Better Learner
If you find yourself unable to remember certain things you’ve read or learned in either mathematics or science, you’re not alone.
Research has shown that regular writing can help you with problems like this. According to research, “writing can help the brain develop the logical functions required for successful math and science learning.”
It’s often been said that you learn better when you must teach it to others. As a writer, you will learn how to better express your ideas and convey them in ways that anyone can understand. As you continue delving deeper into your chosen subject, you’ll unearth new concepts and build off of your older thoughts. Eventually, you’ll learn how to best approach your subject, and ultimately process information more efficiently.
Writing is an incredible way of improving your mental health through its ability to help you work through problems and absorb information better in the future. How does writing benefit you? Let us know in the comments!
Lisa Schwartz is an experienced online marketer and a regular trade show attendee. She enjoys helping brands make their mark on the digital world and the real one.
*Disclaimer: The ideas and opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not reflect the view of Zensorium.
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