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Because Writing is Healthy For You (Find Out Why)

Updated on February 11, 2012

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With today’s age of scientific advancements specifically on computer technology, nothing seems impossible. In the past, getting across a body of valuable information to the general public is considered a painstaking task. Such effort entails reproduction and distribution through media in the form of newspapers, magazines, newsletters, and books. Today, faster, lower-cost, and more advanced methodologies are utilized to deliver contents right at anyone's fingertips. Thanks to the prevailing era of computers, internet, and mobilized gadgets for making all such ventures possible. One of the most focused areas of the said improvement and breakthrough is centred towards one of the most primitive forms of communication – that is writing.

At present, everyone could be a writer by his all means and in his own rights. As long as you have something to say, a remarkable and efficient content, hard work, and perseverance, you don’t need a gallon of sweat to become one. Want proof? Look at us here at Hubpages. We are all thriving writers who are given fair platforms to flourish as one. We strive to give our articles (or hubs as we call it) up-to-date, comprehensive, and fun contents that everyone, including our fellow hubbers, could enjoy very much. As mentioned earlier, anything is possible. So now, are you ready to what you’re going to find out next? Here it is: WRITING IS HEALTHY FOR YOU. Yes, you read it right. Whether it’s freelance writing, blogging, or jotting down on your personal diary or journal, it makes no difference! Your source of income or fondest hobby is one of the world’s easiest cures and most readily available armor of prevention against health disorders.

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The benefits of writing have been the focal point of some new scientific researches and studies there is. Although most of them are considered by scientists as speculative, they still think there is a lot of hope and potential in them. One of the most popular health wonders writing could do is its positive implication to stress. As some people would say, “Writing (or blogging) keeps the therapist away”. It has been found as a beneficial stress-coping mechanism that could reduce the impacts of stress on a person’s health and lifestyle. Such finding had become one of the hallmarks of why blogging has taken off drastically over the recent years. As with speaking, writing has been an easy platform for expression of thoughts or even emotional upheavals. In the advent of accessibility and optimization of technology through the internet and social media sites, people could just ‘blog’ (or ramble) about anything they have gone through – encounters, heartbreaks, triumphs, or random insights.

FOCUS ON EXPRESSIVE WRITING

Such type of writing has yielded many potential areas for study and testing. Expressive writing, among any other types of writing, engages the participant to write about significant, especially traumatic and emotional, experiences. Due to its great potential for involvement and expression, this kind of writing is being utilized in the clinical setting, particularly in the psychiatric aspects of care. Health care providers should make sure that comprehensive instructions are given prior to starting the expressive writing task.

An example of instruction for expressive writing for patients with various medical problems. Click on the photo to read.
An example of instruction for expressive writing for patients with various medical problems. Click on the photo to read. | Source

As compared to more superficial and general types of writing, which only involve enumeration of objective details or descriptions, expressive writing is more likely to gain further feedback from the participants. Some of the short-term effects associated with the implementation of such writing task involve, distress, negative physical symptoms, and decreased positive mood. However, its long-term effects include a wide range of health benefits and positive social outcomes which are highlighted in the following list:

  • Fewer problem- or stress-triggered visits to the doctor.
  • Lower blood pressure.
  • Improved lung and liver function.
  • Shorter hospital stays.
  • Positive mood or affect.
  • Improvement in one's sense of psychological being.
  • Reduction of depressive symptoms.
  • Fewer avoidance symtoms and post-traumatic intrusion.
  • Minimized absenteeism from work.
  • Faster re-employment after job loss.
  • Enhanced memory.
  • Improved physical performance.
  • Higher grades in school (for students).

Expressive writing is also said to be effective in improving sleep, boosting immune cell activity (particularly the T – Lymphocytes), and speeding up recovery from surgery. As a matter of fact, patients with AIDS who have engaged in to expressive writing were observed to have reduced viral load in their system. Meanwhile, progress reports were also made on cancer patients regarding the impact of writing on their health and being. Just like those patients suffering from AIDS, they too were given a chance to engage in expressive writing which yielded remarkable effects. Those who have done writing before undergoing treatment had certain areas of improvement in terms of physical, psychological, and emotional aspects of their being, as compared to those patients who haven’t.

ON WRITING IN GENERAL

The mere act of writing creates a number of new neurological pathways in your brain. Also, it affects how its left and right hemispheres respond. The left brain, known as the center of analytical and rational activities, is stimulated during periods or moments of writing while giving the right brain a free chance to function intuitively and artistically. It’s more like using both of them almost at the same time. That’s why writing is said to be a good way to overcome mental blocks. Writing also enhances your brain power and capability, makes you feel good more about yourself, enables you to communicate with your inner being, and yields you peace of mind and self-awareness. In addition to all of these, writing improves and fortifies social tidings as well. Channelling one’s frustrations to a certain person or situation into writing, whether by journaling and blogging or creative writing, gives you the necessary outlet to dispel all the negativities occurring alongside them. Those people, who make writing a habit, whether for financial, fun, or reflective purposes, have lower chances of engaging into fights or ill-mannered disagreements towards others.

Make your pen and paper your best friends!
Make your pen and paper your best friends! | Source

Writers, bloggers, journal-keepers, and others who indulge in to the act of perpetual writing know all these benefits by heart. They are the living testimonies of such wonders. Start now and see it yourself. Share this little piece of information to your friends, family, and loved ones. And when they ask you “Why should I?”, you would know exactly what to answer…

“Because writing is healthy for you.”

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      thesingernurse 5 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      Yes, it is. Writing is a great way to synthesize ideas into something tangible and concrete. Journal writing has also been effective in some aspects of clinical practice. In fact, I write and keep a journal myself. It helps me keep my sanity intact in times when I'm in the verge of breaking down. Lol.

      Thank you for dropping by jasmith! Am on my way to reading your works. :)

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      Adrian Smith 5 years ago from UK

      Good points. I have found it really helps me to express myself which I think can only be a good thing. I often recommend writing a journal to my mentoring and coaching clients as it is a great, self sufficient way to process our feelings.

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      precy anza 5 years ago from USA

      Totally agree with this! That's why I love to write. I'm not a vocal person and whenever I have to let something out, I do it on writing too. :) Voted up!

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      thesingernurse 5 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      Thank you very much for dropping by Old Empresario. Writing is one of easiest and most effective ways to relieve stress. And I have to agree that it definitely makes you feel good after. I also feel the same. :)

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      Old Empresario 5 years ago

      I enjoyed this essay very much. It was interesting to learn that the painful stress I get in trying to construct a sentence is actually the feeling of my brain developing. I get the urge to write from time to time, but I find the process difficult. It sounds like I should try it more and I admit that I do feel better afterwards. Cheers!

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      thesingernurse 5 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      Thank you very much for taking the time to read Hubtub! As I discovered these beneficial health implications about writing at the beginning, I was also amazed myself. Never thought writing can be literally good for all of us.

      Thank you for your feedback. I really appreciate it. :) Take care!

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      HubTub 5 years ago

      Wow! What a fantastic hub! Very well written and so full of useful information. I would have never guessed that writing could have such significant health benefits. Thank you for sharing! Voted up, across the board, except for funny, and SHARING!

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      thesingernurse 5 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      Thanks for dropping by MeanGreen! :)

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      MeanGreen 5 years ago

      Very Cool! Nice hub...

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      thesingernurse 5 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      I also became addicted to writing once and for some point, I had a hard time going back to doing something else. But it's very nice to know that such addiction is pretty healthy for the mind and body. But of course, there's still exercise. :D

      Thank you for taking the time to read GmaGoldie. Have a great day!

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 5 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Here I thought I was just addicted. Now I know it is good for me but I must learn to balance it with exercise.

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      thesingernurse 5 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      You're always welcome PDX, my friend. :D

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Nurse, you are right. Thanks again for writing this!

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      thesingernurse 5 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      Thank you very much for dropping by PDX. Indeed, writing can give us so many wonderful things. We just have to know how to take advantage of it. :D

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      great hub, singernurse. I often tell my wife, after she's had a stressful day, to sit down and write out her feelings and concerns. She invariably always feels better. It's great stress relief in addition to being great fun.

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      thesingernurse 5 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      Hi Melovy! I have to agree that people should view expressive writing in a contemplative manner to bring about positive change and renewal in their lives. The process is not an easy one, but it is always achievable. I hope health care providers, in all aspects of care, could take advantage of the wonderful things writing can do in a person's life. It's about time to take it to the next level.

      Thank you very much for your inputs and I am very glad writing has been very beneficial to you. Best regards!

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      I’ve been using expressive writing as ‘therapy’ for decades now, and can only endorse what you say here.

      I found it interesting that initially the effects are of increased distress - though I can see that makes sense because of focusing on feelings. From my experience many years ago, I’d say it’s possible to get caught at that stage, and then wallowing in self-pity and self-hatred. (I did this at times in my youth, even though I also think writing was a lifeline to me back then.)

      Because of this I think it’s good to have a general aim when writing expressively to open to positive change and to allow the deeper wisdom that lies within us to come to the surface. My guess is that if someone is writing as a result of suggestions from a health care provider, then that professional will be able to guide the writer towards resolution. If we use expressive writing wisely we can allow it to do the same for us.

      Thanks for this thought provoking hub.

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      Arian Rey 5 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas (PHILIPPINES)

      I voted whenever I feel writing. It's therapeutic for me. Great hub. This should be nominated. Paging Simone.....:D

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      thesingernurse 5 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      Thank you ishwaryaa22, my friend. I am very humbled by your wonderful feedback. You are right, writing boosts one's creativity. And I guess you are the living example for that! I am delighted to know that you enjoyed reading this hub.

      Let's all make writing a habit! :) Thanks for dropping by.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Tina, this is an excellent hub! I agree with the fact that "Writing keeps the therapist away" According to me, writing is a relaxed hobby and boost one's creativity as well as putting one's thoughts in the form of words and sentences! The health benefits and positive social outcomes listed by you are very impressive! Hats off to you! Awesome. Vote up.

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      thesingernurse 5 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      When I decided to explore on this topic, I was inspired to write a hub about it because I would love to share the wonders one can get from writing. I have experienced improvements when I started writing and blogging as well. I am very happy to know about how writing has helped you to get back on track.

      Thank you Thomas for taking the time to read this hub. :D

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Tina...

      Awesome job! The notion of "expressive writing" can be pretty brutal in the short term! Still...I would like to improve lung and liver function!

      As for neurological pathways in the brain, that I can attest to. I was actually worried last year and went to the doctor because I was forgetting thoughts in the middle of sentences...rather disconcerting really...

      Anyways...that stopped about six months ago when I started writing here at the Hubs!

      Great work and I welcome you to Hubpages!

      Thanks,

      Thomas

      As regards the opening of

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      thesingernurse 5 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      Thank you very much m0rd0r! :D

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      Stoill Barzakov 5 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      Way to go :) Voted up.

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      thesingernurse 5 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      Thank you very much for reading alocsin! Writing is one of the most awesome activities a person could do. It's free and rewarding in so many ways.

      Ingat palagi! :)

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Maraming salamat -- ngayon alam ko kung bakit #1 sa akin ang "writing." Voting this Up and Awesome.

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      thesingernurse 5 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      Thank you very much for dropping by this hub Cassy! (Oh I really love your name I hope you'd let me call you by it!) I was surprised myself to have stumbled upon some researches and studies regarding the wonderful benefits of writing. And I just have to share it. I think it would be great for all the wonderful writers in Hubpages (like you) to know about it.

      I also keep a journal until now. I must say, writing had made me a more peaceable person than before. Hahahaha!

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      Cassandra Mantis 5 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      I so agree with the views here! Writing is a natural reflex for us all, and it is therapeutic too! I kept a diary all my school and college life, and still keep one. Writing comes naturally when the person just writes a lot! And yes writing is a perfectly rewarding and pleasurable hobby that can pay dividends later when we suddenly decide to try blogging and making websites and Hub Pages!

      Great Hub! Have to dance on your vote tabs, Tina! Cheers! :)

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      thesingernurse 5 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      Thank you WD Curry for sharing with us your wonderful journey in writing! Wow, you have a lot of experiences we can all learn from. Thank you very much for dropping by this hub. I hope more people would find out more about the wonders of writing. I hope you can share with me the progress of your book. I would be very thrilled to know!

      Thank you carolinemd21! I am very happy that writing had made you feel better and given you healing at some point. I wish you success in everything you do! :)

      Thank you AudreyHowitt for taking the time to read. I was surprised myself when I learned about the other great benefits of writing. That's why I decided to write a hub about it so I would be able to share such valuable information t to others. :)

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Wonderful hub and I totally agree!

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      Caroline Marie 5 years ago from Close to Heaven

      This is a wonderful hub. I have found through writing I release my emotions and feel better. Things get healed in a way. Thank you for sharing!

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      WD Curry 111 5 years ago from Space Coast

      I really enjoyed your study. What a good job of moving it along and being succinct. I guess you have been practicing, since,"Practice makes perfect."

      It has been good for my mental health to set up on HubPages. I majored in journalsm in college (the wheel wasn't invented yet). I then went to art school to pursue a career (right brained male). 25 years later, I started writing articles for Coastal Angler Magazine. Everyone encouraged me to write a book or something

      I started one and got stuck. It was hard work. I became unemployed, forgot the book and worked hard to get articles published. Things have changed and I was behind the pack. In my intense search for opportunities, I ended up here. I went back, looked at the book, and I can clean it up in no time. I am back in practice! My vocabulary is coming back to me, bit by bit.

      I didn't realize how opinionated I had become. In the real world, we can insulate ourselves from things we don't want to hear. Here, I have been confronted by ideas, opinions and attitudes that I don't care for. A couple of times I responded from my emotions (surprised me) and made mistakes. This has proven to be therapeutic. Sorry if I was a jackass. This is not my first rodeo, but I still got thrown by the bull.

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      tarajeyaram 5 years ago from Wonderland

      Writing is truly good for us and especially expressive writing. Thanks for sharing this hub. Voted up and sharing.

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      Keith Schroeder 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      Here, here. (As I raise my glass to toast.) You are right, everyone should be a writer. Writing is healthy because it allows you to say what is on your mind in a well thought out format. It always feels good to get things off our mind. It really does feel good to "get it out."

      The opportunities today are endless. You can write on a variety of platforms. I encourage everyone to do so. Great hub, Tina.

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      thesingernurse 5 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      Thank you for taking the time to read. We are lucky to have the opportunity to publish our works and establish our presence online. It's good to hear that you are now reviving your passion for writing. Keep it up and stay healthy! :)

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      Cliff Mendrez 5 years ago from Philippines

      Beautiful hub, thesingernurse! You are right; maybe if it wasn't for blogging platforms now widely available on the internet, I might not have revived my passion for writing. No doubt, writing is really healthy.

      Up and beautiful!

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      thesingernurse 5 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      Thank you for reading GoGreen Tips! I wish you all the success in life! :D

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      Greg Johnson 5 years ago from Indianapolis

      Great Hub! I can attest personally about the many advantages of writing both long and short term. You have done a great job in explaining the why! Thank You!

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      thesingernurse 5 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      Am glad you liked this hub Jspot. I've read some of your hubs and I would say they are very heart-warming. They are very honest and genuine. I don't know if I can write something as beautiful as that. :)

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      lost love 5 years ago from Flames of water and love

      I write everyday. I hardly ever read what I write for it is my feelings at that moment. I have come to learn to write and release. My way of either letting go or just letting. Beautiful way to reach into my heart. Thank you for the reminder, I needed it.

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      rLcasaLme 5 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

      Ahahaha! Is that so? I'm glad to be of some help. I'd bet we differ in such views. I suppose he's an atheist? Well, let's wait if he'll eventually join. Cheers!

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      thesingernurse 5 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      Am happy for you as well. You have very meaningful hubs. I asked my boyfriend to read some of them especially the ones about religion and all that stuff. I think your hubs encouraged him to write more. Now, he's thinking of joining hubpages as well. Hehehe! Salamat Kuya! :D

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      rLcasaLme 5 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

      Tina, this is very good. I'm sure everyone is impressed. It's really good to see you make your way up here in HubPages. I'm happy for you sister. =)

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      thesingernurse 5 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      Thank you very much molometer! I love sharing the wonders of writing to everyone - to readers and fellow hubbers like you. :D

      Thank you very much for dropping by Ana Teixeira! It's very good to hear that writing has done good things for you. Indeed, it helps us become more focused. Don't hesitate to share this to anyone who might need to know about this. :D

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      Ana Teixeira 5 years ago from Oporto, Porto, Portugal

      Writting is a great exercise for the mind.. to me it helps me everytime I'm confused because it forces me to organize my ideas before I put them into paper.. grat hub.. will be following you!

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      molometer 5 years ago

      What a brilliant hub, just what the doctor ordered. Excuse the pun.

      I think that writing is an excellent stress reliever and your hub lays it all out very clearly.

      Voted up.

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      thesingernurse 5 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      Thanks for reading mathira! People like you are one of my inspirations in writing this hub. You set a good example. :)

      Thank you very much Sunshine625. I just want you to know that you are a very creative writer. :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I agree 100% ... Voted UP and sharing!

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      mathira 5 years ago from chennai

      You are good and when I do not write even for one day, I feel completely at loss.