Sunday, June 08, 2008

The Therapeutic Qualities of Writing

'Scientists (and writers) have long known about the therapeutic benefits of writing about personal experiences, thoughts and feelings. But besides serving as a stress-coping mechanism, expressive writing produces many physiological benefits. Research shows that it improves memory and sleep, boosts immune cell activity and reduces viral load in AIDS patients, and even speeds healing after surgery. A study in the February issue of the Oncologist reports that cancer patients who engaged in expressive writing just before treatment felt markedly better, mentally and physically, as compared with patients who did not.'
--From a recent article in Scientific American Magazine.


At 8:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) Do you write poetry? Would love to see some. Always enjoy the stunningly beautiful things you choose to spotlight on your blog.

2) Do you do expressive writing to relieve stress, or since you are a writer, are you happy to have another outlet?

3) When are we going to hear about that writer's conference, you know that "idyllic weekend" you spoke about? Could use one of those and want to live vicariously through your experiences. Keeps costs down, you know!

At 9:55 PM, Blogger Blogging "Capital" said...

I feel better after writing in my paper journal. I don't get the same effect blogging or typing a journal.

At 9:09 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

No, I don't write poetry, but I do appreciate reading good poetry. And of course I try to write a form of "prose poetry." And my stress relief is mostly confined to exercise. I will indeed be posting an account of the writing retreat weekend soon. And dear BC, I'd have to agree about the psychic rewards of writing on paper vs. blog. Thanks for your first-time visit.


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