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Write Yourself Happy

 

It has been said that the pen is mightier than the sword, and that’s a true statement. The written word can have damaging effects on other people that can continue for years to come. But can the opposite be true as well? Can the written word bring about happiness to our own self?
According to a new book published this month “Redirect: Changing the Stories We Live By,” written by Timothy D. Wilson, a University of Virginia psychology professor and lead author of the Duke study we can indeed write yourself happy.
The study revealed that writing for 15 minutes everyday in a personal journal about both important issues as well as superficial ones promote better health. Participants in the study had fewer sick days and visited health care facilities less often than before they began to journal each day.
The theory behind the being able to write yourself happy is the ability to confront the truth about yourself, your life, and change what you don’t like. Writing allows us to confront our emotions and excuses so that we can get to the bottom of why we are angry, why we are overweight and a lot of other ‘whys’ in our life and change the ones we don’t like. Just 15 minutes a day of expressive writing can make us happier. Fersen Lambranho and I recently tried out journaling and I can tell you it makes a huge difference in how you think.

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