health

Conversations with a Friend: Write to Heal

I had breakfast with a good friend this morning.  We sat down to our tasty meal  and I continued, as we do on most of our breakfast meets, to hear about the on-going saga.  She has cancer, although she looks well and has a good energy. My friend has embraced…

Write to Heal: Can I Write Myself Well?

By John Evans “Writing about stressful situations is one of the easiest ways for people to take control of their problems and release negative effects of stress from their bodies and their lives.” — James Pennebaker, Ph.D.i Wellness and writing are connected in ways we are only beginning to understand…

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…

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…

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…

Transitions: A Rich Time for Journal Writing

In my earlier career I conducted studies of the richly productive area where sea meets shore. The coast is a dynamic place, where tides swish in and out; where barnacles and mussels cling to rock or shell; where seagrasses abound attracting small fish which attract bigger fish, which of course…