Once upon a time in Texas, some Houston insurance brokers got fired.
Then after five months of unemployment, not a single one had come home with a new job. Here is what gave them hope. It was a diary.
In a recent study that was led by University of Texas researcher James W. Pennebaker, a
group of the jobless professionals made an attempt and got in touch with their inner
feelings and then wrote about it, diary-style for 20 minutes each day.
Would this writing practice actually reduce their stress as well as help them solve
the problems these Houston insurance agents were having?
In the test group which got all up in the morning and put their feelings down on paper, about 26% of them found a new job.
The others wrote about non-emotional stuff like time management, or they wrote nothing at all. Less than 5% of those in this group found a job.
It can really improve your health, your happiness, your goals, your love life … everything!
And for those of you thinking, “Whatever diaries are dumb,” try thinking of journaling or free writing as MEDITATION.
Writing in an actual journal should be your ONLY New Year’s resolution this year. And I’ll prove it to you.
Name a New Year’s resolution, and we’ll keep it using you guessed it a writing practice! Let’s get started.
1. Is your resolution to be healthier?
Journaling can help you with your immunity.
Have you ever heard of T lymphocytes? Me neither, until I learned that the practice of regular journaling could strengthen these critical immune cells. More research, chronicled at PsychCentral, additionally shows that journaling can reduce symptoms of asthma and rheumatoid arthritis.
2. If your resolution is to be happier:
Emotional writing can heal mental as well as emotional wounds … after about two weeks.
I know I’ve been cheerleading for emotional journaling, but know this: the first two weeks will be rough. In a study, during the start of emotional writing, some people got more depressed, and some of their blood pressures also increased!
Writing about one’s trauma can be uncomfortable in the short-run, yet after a short period, the symptoms can disappear, and benefits emerge.
As one insurance agent admitted who later got hired by Allstate home insurance Houston, “Although I haven’t actually spoken with anyone about what I wrote, I was actually able to deal with it, work through the issue instead of trying to block it out all the time.
3. If your resolution is to lose some of your weight:
Journaling also helps process emotions, which are typically ignored obstacles to weight loss as well as healthy habits!
OK, first, you are perfect just the way you are. And second, long-term studies actually found no real relationship between only weight loss and health improvements. Weight loss does not contribute to a
healthier you, yet healthy habits do!
When the emotional aspect of weight loss is overlooked, journaling is proven to help with emotional issues.
4. If your new resolution is to reduce stress:
Pennebaker additionally thinks that writing about your stress may help you come to terms with it.
Stress has some physical symptoms too. So if you do take the time to journal about your stress and therefore reduce stress, you will additionally reduce physical symptoms of stress. Easy!