Importance of validating feelings
If you are like most women, you record only what you must.In an effort to change your mind and your habits, I’ll let you in on a well-kept secret: A pen coupled with paper can serve as a powerful life tool.Journaling (or keeping letters or diaries) is an ancient tradition, one that dates back to at least 10th century Japan.Successful people throughout history have kept journals.
Other research indicates that journaling decreases the symptoms of asthma and rheumatoid arthritis.
Pennebaker believes that writing about stressful events helps you come to terms with them, thus reducing the impact of these stressors on your physical health.
I know what you’re thinking: “So writing a few sentences a day may keep me healthier longer, but so will eating lima beans!
Why should I bother journaling when I’ve already got too much on my plate? Scientific evidence supports that journaling provides other unexpected benefits.
The act of writing accesses your left brain, which is analytical and rational.
While your left brain is occupied, your right brain is free to create, intuit and feel.