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Writing is good for you

So says the Boston Globe:

SOME RESEARCH HAS found that expressive writing has positive effects on both mind and body. Two psychologists decided to see if even a fleeting episode of writing could make a difference. College students were given just two minutes on two consecutive days to write about a traumatic experience, a positive experience, or a prosaic topic. A month later, the students were asked to report symptoms of ill health. Students who had written about emotionally charged experiences — either positive or negative — reported fewer health complaints than the others.

Burton, C. and King, L., “Effects of (Very) Brief Writing on Health: The Two-Minute Miracle,” British Journal of Health Psychology (February 2008).

9 Comments Post a comment
  1. cathy #

    well, sheeeee-yit! (in the inimitable words of my bevy of southern aunts). no wonder i feel better after i excercise my whiny demons in the comment threads here!

    November 11, 2008
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    November 11, 2008
  3. I’m a Doc and I play music (mandolin) and write so I can keep being a doctor. It was worked for more than a quarter century.

    November 11, 2008
  4. Kristine #

    This article makes total sense. Now if only my writing could help me shed those unwanted 10 pounds in addition to being healthier. I’d be back to my ideal weight in no time! 🙂

    November 11, 2008
  5. I’m not sure I agree. Right now, writing is giving me an ulcer. I’m about ready to take my novel and toss it out the window.

    November 12, 2008
  6. Poor Brittany…I think there’s a caveat. Writing is good for you, IF you’re not suffering from whooping cough AND pneumonia at the same time!!!

    November 13, 2008
  7. cathy #

    hear, hear! how are you this week, brittany?

    November 13, 2008
  8. I’m fine. Lungs still crackling, but I feel good. No longer any excuse whatsoever for this writing ennui I seem to have contracted. Doctor said yesterday that although all my symptoms pointed to whooping cough, the x-rays indicated “just pneumonia.” I guess that’s a good thing, although from a purely writerly perspective I much preferred having whooping cough… the show don’t tell principle and all. 😛

    November 13, 2008
  9. cathy #

    well, happy recovery, brittany! i have a bit of writing ennui, too, at least for my manuscript.

    November 13, 2008

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