Question: Can Writing Help Your Health?
As a writer, I might be biased here, but it seems that writing is not only a great brain exercise, but it can also reduce the negative impact of stress on your health.
Answer: Writing, or journaling, can be a super healthy habit. In fact, one man named James Pennebaker made a research career put of studying the effects of writing on health. You can benefit from what he learned and reduce the stress in your life by writing. Not only that, but writing is also a fantastic brain fitness exercise. Here's how to get started:
Writing For HealthIn the research studies, Pennebaker asked students, adults, people with illnesses and others to write about a stressful experience for twenty minutes. The idea was to just write and not worry about style, word choice or grammar.
The key is to repeat this exercise for three days in a row (writing for 20 minutes each day). No one, including yourself, needs to ever read what you have written.