The Psychological Benefits of Writing Daily

TL;DR: Writing regularly is good for you, in pretty much every single way.

Research by Laura King shows that writing about achieving future goals and dreams can make people happier and healthier.

I know this to be 100% true and I’m not sure where I would be without this daily mental exercise (or I’d hate to imagine where I’d be…).

I think the most beautiful thing about writing now is the fact that I don’t have it calendared in anywhere — it’s just so ingrained into my daily routine and so fundamental to my own personal health and sense of accomplishment that going without feel more than just unnatural — I can feel physically ill.

Are you a technology person (or even a software engineer)? Take a look at this:

“The engineers who wrote down their thoughts and feelings about losing their jobs reported feeling less anger and hostility toward their former employer. They also reported drinking less. Eight months later, less than 19% of the engineers in the control groups were reemployed full-time, compared with more than 52% of the engineers in the expressive writing group.”

Now, this is related to losing a job, which is incredibly emotional and difficult, but the benefits are freely available to anyone regardless of the particular circumstance or situation.

And what about this study? The authors discovered that those who reflected on the good things in life once a week by finding the time to write them down (i.e. being grateful, gratitude) ended up being more positive, motivated, and excited about not only their current situations but the future.

You don’t have to write daily and you don’t have to write a lot. And, most importantly, you don’t have to write well — the point is just to write, to get started. Just do it (and if you are interested in publishing a blog, I’d start here).

Go for it.

Originally published at John Saddington.