I recently read about a study where 46 college students at the University of Texas, Austin, were asked to write about life events for 15 minutes for four consecutive days. Some were told to do expressive writing and others to write about trivial matters.
In the six months following, the students who wrote about their stressors and traumas took fewer pain relievers and visited the health center less frequently than those who wrote about trivial subjects.
Similar studies have recorded physical benefits for conditions including sleep apnea, asthma, migraines, HIV, and cancer.
In addition, expressive writing has been found to lower stress and anxiety. A recent University of Chicago study found anxious test-takers received better grades on an important exam when they wrote about their feelings before the test, compared to their peers who did not write beforehand.
Therefore, finding the time and will in your day to write appears to be an important part of staying healthy.
Here are a few tips from Sam Horn, author of our Write Well, Write Fast, Write Now course:
Write out your thoughts daily while they are fresh and top of mind, and you may soon find yourself reaping the benefits of this nourishing ritual.
Would you please help me by filling out a short survey? I want to know 1) how you feel about saying good-by to 2014, 2) what area of your life was under spiritual attack the most and 3) what you learned this year?
I love “never give up” stories. Here is one that a friend sent me today about Sylvester Stallone and I decided that I just had to pass it on to you. Enjoy…
– Begin –
Sylvester Stallone grew up in and out of foster homes.
As a young adult he had to sell his dog for $25.00 to help turn on his electricity.
Two weeks after selling his dog Stallone wrote the Rocky script in nearly 20 hours straight.
He peddled the script relentlessly.
Finally, after being rejected over 1500 times, Stallone was given a nod by United Artists for $125,000.
BUT – only if Stallone would NOT star in it. Stallone refused.
He was subsequently offered $250,000 and $325,000! But he would not accept unless he starred in it.
Finally they compromised.
Incidentally, Stallone’s first purchase with his $35,000 windfall was buying his dog back for a whopping $15,000!
Rocky cost $1,000,000 to make. It grossed over $200,000,000!! His sequels grossed over a billion dollars!!