I came across an interesting article yesterday on Mic about one of my favorite things: journaling. Since I was old enough to write, I’ve kept some sort of journal. Whether it was a written diary as a kid or blogging as a teen, I always gave myself an outlet for my thoughts, reflections and feelings on what was happening around me. I’ve mentioned previously that writing is my favorite therapeutic and cathartic exercise – and so a writer’s story goes.
According to the aforementioned article, and according to science, documenting life via the written word reaps benefits to not only our mental health, but our physical health too. While putting a pen to paper is especially effective, blogging also triggers the release of dopamine in the brain, which in turn improves mood.
You learn about yourself through the process of writing down your feelings and experiences. Knowing yourself better is the best way to improve future relationships.
Maybe it’s the existential quarter-life
crisis revelation speaking, but I couldn’t agree more. This journalist hit the nail on the head.
Perhaps we don’t have to feel too bad about avoiding the gym, waiting for a closer parking spot or taking the escalator instead of the stairs. Personally, I’ll just keep writing instead.