The therapeutic benefits of writing are no secret and according to Scientific American, this is now seen by many as one of the reasons blogging has become increasingly popular. Unlike writing in a diary or journal, blogging has the added benefit of providing a receptive audience to share your thoughts with and the possibility of feedback or support from people in similar situations.
As the old adage goes: “A problem shared is a problem halved”! Not only does creative writing help you to cope with stressful situations, but research has shown that it improves memory, helps you sleep, boosts your immune system and can even help to speed up the healing process following surgery.
It is thought that blogging may trigger the release of dopamine, in the same way that listening to music or exercising does. I must admit I do get a sense of satisfaction in clicking that ‘Publish’ button once a post is finished, particularly if it’s one I’ve been working on for a while!
While a lot of work remains to be done in terms of formal studies in this area, blogging is becoming widely accepted as a form of therapy. Some hospitals have even started hosting patient blogs on their websites.
So forget about apples – if you want to stay healthy: “a post a day keeps the doctor away”!
June 11 2008 11:39 pm | General