Writing the road to happiness, science confirms it

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Write to let off steam, to feel better or to outline your goals. For many people writing is a necessity, a real need. Writing can bring happiness and a greater sense of well-being.

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Write to let off steam, to feel better or to outline your goals. For many people to write it is a necessity, a real need. Writing can lead happiness and a greater sense of well-being.

Scientific research has decided to elaborate on i benefits area of expressive writing. Writing about yourself and personal experiences can help improve mood disorders, help you cope with symptoms of even serious illnesses, improve health after a heart attack, reduce the need for medical visits, and even increase your ability to memory.

Now researchers are studying whether the power of writing - and of rewrite - of its own personal history it can lead to behavioral changes and improve happiness. The concept is based on the idea that we all have a personal narrative that shapes our view of the world and of ourselves.

According to experts, however, our inner voice would not always be right. Some researchers believe that by writing and editing our stories we can change the perception of ourselves e identify obstacles that stand between us and a better state of health and well-being.

In one study conducted by researchers from Stanfordfor example, college students were asked to create an essay or video about their college life that would be seen by prospective students. Students who participated in the project later received better grades than those in a control group.

Another study dedicated to writing required a group of married couples to write about their own conflicts by putting themselves in the shoes of an external and neutral observer. Among the 120 participating couples, those who explored their problems through writing showed the greatest improvement in marital happiness compared to those who were not asked to write about their problems.



Timothy D. Wilson, a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, believes that, While writing may not solve all problems, certainly writing can help people cope with them. Writing forces us to reconstruct everything that worries us and to find new meanings about it. In this way we can face problems more objectively and understand what are useless worries and which waste precious time on the path to a happier and more relaxed life.



Marta Albè

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