Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Virtues of Journaling

Is the pen mightier than the sword? Maybe
However, researchers have found is that the pen (or computer keyboard) is mightier than our strong emotions.
People have been keeping journals for thousands of years, with journals dating to 10th century Japan. Historians have found journals, diaries and letters valuable in helping us learn what our ancestors were thinking and doing.
Research has now shown that journal writing can help keep you healthier and more mentally centered. For example, James Pennebaker at the University of Texas has found that writing as little as 15 minutes per day can strengthen one's immune system. University of Chicago researchers have shown that college students who wrote about their feelings before a test did 12 percent better than the non-journaling group.
Barbara Horton

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