Blog Your Way to Happy?

I kept a journal from the second grade until 7th or 8th grade. Possibly even 9th grade. It’s actually odd to think that I wrote my thoughts down using a pen and paper.

In college, the summer before I graduated, I started writing down my thoughts (majority of it had to deal with boy problems and the other part was all about work, my internships, etc). It continued throughout my last year of college.  This time typing it into a Word document and saving it as a political science paper. I ended up deleting said “paper” some time after graduating.

A few days ago, I stumbled upon this article: “Writing Your Way to Happy”

The gist of the article is expressive writing (and editing of said writing) is not only therapeutic but also can lead to lifestyle changes.

From the NYTimes: The scientific research on the benefits of so-called expressive writing is surprisingly vast. Studies have shown that writing about oneself and personal experiences can improve mood disorders, help reduce symptoms among cancer patients, improve a person’s health after a heart attack, reduce doctor visits and even boost memory.
Now researchers are studying whether the power of writing — and then rewriting — your personal story can lead to behavioral changes and improve happiness.

I had been thinking about this lately. A few nights ago, I realized I had another (secret) blog. It was completely random thoughts about life, work, and working out from summer 2011 through June 2013. It was odd but also a treat to read about my thoughts from a few years ago. A LOT has happened since then.

I didn’t rewrite that old blog but it is amazing to read how much things have changed since then. The downside of editing and rewriting is that so much of that is usually connected to perfecting it to someone else’s liking (i.e. blog readers, judges, supervising attorneys, professors, etc.).

Other than rewriting your story for your own good, it’s just good to take note of positive and negative things in every aspect of your life.

Over lunch with a really successful attorney last week, we talked about my job. I know I’m better than I was when I started and better with dealing with judges but not quite as outspoken as I would like to be. She recommended writing down those experiences I thought I was struggling and those times that felt like wins. Basically, keeping tabs on things that worked and didn’t work.

I write almost all the time. The best thing about writing for yourself is that no one else is judging you, talking back, inputting their own biases into what you’re saying so writing and reading what I write is exactly my own truth.

Even if you don’t have a blog, do you write for yourself? Have you ever? 


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