The Science Behind the Benefits of Writing

I am big fan of writing. I do it for a living as a freelance writer and social media strategist. Even after a full day of writing for a living, I still enjoy journaling. In fact, sitting my next to my laptop is consistently a stack of different journals. Turns out this love for writing has science-backed reasons it's good for me -- and everyone! 

My personal stack of journals. 

My personal stack of journals. 

I've always loved journaling and writing since I was young. When my parents moved from my childhood home a few years ago, I went through all of the items from my childhood bedroom. Among the items, I recovered a huge stack full of journals. I hadn't realized I had been keeping this habit up since I was in elementary school. It was hilarious, embarrassing, and enlightening to read through some of those old journals. 

Writing has always felt good to me. That's why I filled the pages of dozens of journals. It's why I always enjoyed English class the most. It's why I went into writing as a profession. I was just doing what felt natural and good to me. 

As so many things in our lives, it turns out there is real sciencific proof about the benefits of writing for our well being. Most of us know that writing is good for the mind, but did you know that it has real, measurable benefits for our body too? It's also an excellent tool for the soul and has been proven useful in processing our feelings. 

Writing helps us improve communication. It relaxes us and lowers blood pressure. It has helped people process traumatic experiences in a healthy way. The power of writing is limitless. 

This infographic below from Global English Editing outlines some of the many science-backed reasons we all should be writing. 

I encourage you to think about how incorporating writing into your life could benefit you. Start a gratitude journal. Send handwritten notes to loved ones. Journal about what is bothering you. See where it takes you! And let me know, I want to hear about it.