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Writing and Healing: Expressive Writing Helps in Multiple Ways

It all started in the 1980s when the professor Dr. James Pennebaker found in his landmark social psychology study that college students who wrote about emotional upheaval in their lives for 15 minutes during each of four consecutive days, visited the health service half as often as their counterparts who…

Class Offering Your Write Life: Journal to Optimal Living

I had the pleasure of  teaching a class, called Your Write Life: Journal to Optimal Living. The class is at en*theos Academy–and it consists of five sessions (one session per week). I’m excited about the format: You’ll listen to my recorded audio presentations on how to use journal writing to illuminate, focus,…

Best Tip for Weight Loss: Write to Lose Weight

One recent study published in Psychological Science showed that those who wrote for just 15 minutes about something that they personally valued lost more weight during the next several months than those who wrote for 15 minutes about something without direct personal meaning. The study included 45 woman undergrads.  Each…

Improve Your Listening Skills with Journal Writing

In this past Sunday’s NY Times, the name of an article caught my eye, “The Art of Listening” by Swedish author Henning Mankell. To be honest, the art of listening is one that I’ve not mastered as fully as I’d like. I confess that in many conversations, I’m often quietly thinking one…

Improve Your Creativity with the Creativity Add-On

One of the most creative people ever known to the world is Leonardo Da Vinci. Scientist, artist, sculptor, inventor, mathematician, engineer, botanist, musician and writer, Da Vinci kept extensive journals for years, reportedly totaling about 13,000 pages! Creativity is a confluence of many things—focus, perspective, putting in your time, being…

Can Journal Writing Help You Live Longer?

We just received this email from a fan of LifeJournal who has been journaling for most of life, and she just turned 97 years old.  This is a testament the fact that keeping a journal can have a dramatic effect on your life and longevity:HLep Hear the words of long…

Create Better Health with Gratitude in Your Journal Writing

“Counting your blessings” is a time-honored recipe to brighten your attitude. Is it just an empty platitude or does it really do some good? And if this advice does help, is there a way to incorporate it into a routine? One idea is to start or end each journal entry…

Steve Jobs: Listen to Your Inner Voice

Steve Jobs was a giant in his time.  More than an inventor and an entrepreneur, he revolutionized our culture with beautifully designed music systems (iPods), smartphones (iPhones), and mini-computers (iPads). In his graduation speech at Stanford University in 2005, he said: “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living…

Dr. James Pennebaker Believes that Expressive Writing Can Be a Path to Healing

Watch this short video of James Pennebaker discussing his book, The Secret Life of Pronouns: What Our Words Say About Us.: In the 1980s, psychologist Jamie Pennebaker discovered that expressive writing is a route to healing. This interview will bring you up to date on his latest fascinating research about…

The Power of Words: More Concrete Evidence

It’s Sunday morning, my husband and I have come back from our decades-long traditional early morning weekend 25-mile bike ride. When we ride—usually with Rick and Nora our biking buddies—we take turns in the front of the single file “pulling.” The person at the front cuts through the wind and…