The Psychological Benefits of Writing

I ran across this article on writing about the benefits of writing. I don’t write this blog as a mental health thing for myself, but rather to record and remember various things that interest me, and to keep friends and family up to date if they want to check in. I do enjoy writing though, and I enjoy the people I have met through this blog. I like being able to express myself, to communicate, and connect with others.

According to the article –

  • Writing can help improve your mood and make you happier
  • Writing helps you communicate by helping to organize and clarify your thoughts
  • Writing helps you work through hard times
  • Writing about good things in your life increases your gratitude
  • Writing things down help you get them out of your head and clears space in your mind
  • Writing helps you learn because you often need to look for new information, inspiration, and insight
  • Writing can be leadership. Your words can influence others. Even criticism can help you grow.

So, if you are inclined to write here are some good reasons to encourage you. For more detail on the above points, click the link at the beginning of this post.

Maybe writing has helped me more than I thought. I know it definitely helps me organize my thoughts and sometimes helps me clear my mind. I have learned a lot through researching various topics and seeking out experiences. And, best of all, I have met a lot of great people and made many good friends.

About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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14 Responses to The Psychological Benefits of Writing

  1. Writing is my therapy especially when I am depressed. It truly does help me organize my thoughts and to work through problems. Thanks for the Kris! Love it. 💜


  2. Carole says:

    Your writing is so good, love to read your blogs. If it helps you even better.


  3. jim and nena says:

    I love to have everybody writing, especially blogs and particularly blogs about Panama. It saves me tons of airfare and long distance phone charges just to keep up with what’s happening in my 2nd favorite country. I read a few Spanish newspapers but their version of news isn’t what I care about.
    As for writing, I was a proof reader and editor for many years so most of my writing was blue. Starting with retirement, it seems most of my writing now is to-do lists! LOL


  4. marimarg says:

    Thanks, Chris, for sharing these ideas. I read the original article and have to agree with both of you – writing works for me in many ways.


  5. John Propeck says:

    Kris, We continue to enjoy the variety of topics that you publish on your blog. My wife & I both dabble with writing about topics that interest us. I have been told numerous times I should write about all my life’s adventures. Its been an interesting experience so far. Keep up the good work. Regards, John 


  6. Sunni Morris says:

    Everybody should write. It’s good therapy among all the other things you mentioned. I learn a lot everyday by reading blogs, writing my own posts, dabbling in short stories and working on novels. I love researching things I want to know more about. I think writing definitely lifts the spirits and also exercises your mind.


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