Blogging has been very enlightening to me. It has helped me clarify my thinking. By writing and re-writing my struggles as well as successes, I am feeling a shift in the way I view things.
Now, I know that writing is powerful. We are often told to journal our thoughts and feelings to help ourselves heal from mental or physical problems.
Today I found a great article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper that speaks to the power of writing.
“Now researchers are studying whether the power of writing — and then rewriting — your personal story can lead to behavioral changes and improve happiness.
(You can read the whole article here!)
The researchers found that, “Writing interventions can really nudge people from a self-defeating way of thinking into a more optimistic cycle that reinforces itself.”
This is true for me. My writing has forced me to look at my negative self-talk, and see how it is stopping me from having a happier life. When I write down my thoughts, I have to ask myself, “Is this really what I want to believe or is there another way of looking at things?”