Writing every day has numerous benefits far beyond finally getting that novel of yours out in the open. Whether you’re aiming to improve your vocabulary, keep track of your dreams, or keep a journal of all the goings-on in your world, writing daily can bring about some stellar effects in your life.
Much of the research on writing and happiness deals with “expressive writing,” or jotting down what you think and how you feel. Even blogging “undoubtedly affords similar benefits” to private expressive writing in terms of therapeutic value.
Expressive writing has also been linked to improved mood, well-being, and reduced stress levels for those who do it regularly, says Adam Grant:
“Research by Laura King shows that writing about achieving future goals and dreams can make people happier and healthier… And Jane Dutton and I found that when people doing stressful fundraising jobs kept a journal for a few days about how their work made a difference, they increased their hourly effort by 29% over the next two weeks.”
Need some inspiration? You can join A 10-Day Journaling Challenge from Internationally acclaimed author Emily Gould. A 10 Day Journaling challenge will get your creative juices flowing. Though it’s a short class, the tips and suggestions for starting a daily diary to write down your observations, feelings, sensations, and mood will help you explore yourself through the power of writing introspectively are all there. Emily delivers the class with a touch of simplicity and skill. Her pace will transport you to a calm and private state where you will feel inspired to dive into journalism from day one.
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- You will eliminate stress. In the same way as in GTD you empty your mind—by capturing everything that comes to it—in order to eliminate the stress that causes having many things hitting your head, writing and developing your ideas produces an amplified effect since not only you take them out of your mind but also the whole process of rationalization that otherwise would abstractly stay in there.
- You will gain awareness of your reality. If you write down what you have in mind each day, what you expect to achieve and how you feel according to this, you won’t need a psychologist to explain you who you are. You will realize yourself.
- You will make better decisions. When writing you clear up your thoughts and, obviously, a clearer thinking allows you to make better choices.
- You will be happier. It’s an immediate consequence of the two previous points. There is no need to write a public blog, a sort of personal journal is perfectly valid.
- You will live more focused. If you constantly write about your thoughts you will never get out of sight what you want to achieve, which your dreams are.
- You will overcome tough moments faster. There is some research that suggests that those that write about what is happening overcome tough moments quicker than those who don’t.
- You will have a lot of written memories. If you write each day, you will have a historical record of your thoughts, probably something much more interesting than a simple photo album. And, who knows, maybe you end up publishing a book 😉