11 Science-Backed Ways Writing Improves Your Mind, Body and Spirit

Posted 04 Jan 2017, by

Brendan Brown

For many of us, writing is just a practical tool. We use it to communicate our thoughts, ideas, and experiences with other people.  Other times we use it to share information, persuade, or as a creative outlet.

Most of our writing today comes in the form of academic work, emails, and social media posts.  You may think that outside of these uses, writing may not be able to play a role in your life.

However, considerable scientific research is showing that writing has exciting health and wellness benefits too. Writing, as a personal venture (i.e. keeping a journal), not only helps you become smarter and achieve your goals, but can ease what ails you too, whether physical, emotional, psychological or spiritual.

The best part is that you don’t need to be a creative genius or an avid journal writer to benefit from writing, though you will join the ranks of some of the most visionary people who ever walked the planet. I’ll bet you didn’t know that Albert Einstein, Mark Twain, Frida Kahlo, and Leonardo da Vinci all kept journals, writing down their thoughts, ideas, sketches, poems, musings, and jokes. Even more recently, Peter Jennings from ABC News, the comedian Larry David, and Star Wars director George Lucas have all used pocket notebooks to record some of their best ideas when inspiration strikes.

Writing, in whatever form inspires you, has many benefits.  Whether you want a place to write down ideas throughout the day, stories or memories to process or document, or just a place to sketch and write jokes, by keeping a journal you will be stimulating both cognitive and creative skills promoting memory, good mood, gratitude, achievement of goals, and communication, among others.

In the infographic below, we present 11 science-backed reasons why writing regular is good for your mind, body and spirit.

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