“We live and breathe words. .... It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them. Reading your words, what you wrote, how you were lonely sometimes and afraid, but always brave; the way you saw the world, its colors and textures and sounds, I felt--I felt the way you thought, hoped, felt, dreamt. I felt I was dreaming and thinking and feeling with you. I dreamed what you dreamed, wanted what you wanted--and then I realized that truly I just wanted you.”
-Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince
Well, that’s the power of words. Some words may destroy you while some may heal. Others will transport you into an alternate universe or anything your mind can weave of. Here are 7 psychological benefits that writing will offer you.
1. Happiness“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”
Happiness starts with ‘expressive writing’ or simply putting our thoughts and feelings on paper. Even blogging for instance offers similar benefits in terms of therapeutic value.
2. Clear CommunicationMost of us suffer from ‘It sounded a lot better in my head’ when it comes to expressing our thoughts, feeling and experiences with other. Writing helps to communicate ideas more effectively.
3. Handling Hard Times“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
―Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird sings.
Jolting down our frustration and thoughts helps to relive some of our anger. However, one must not simply force themselves into writing as it may not bear the same fruit of benefits that comes with writing naturally.
4. Gratitude“Sometimes we should express our gratitude for the small and simple things like the scent of the rain, the taste of your favorite food, or the sound of a loved one's voice.”- Joseph B. Wirthlin.
Reflecting on good things in our life by writing them on paper, makes us more positive and motivated. However, doing it daily will bear minimal effects as activities will be boring. Reflect and write regularly and miracles do happen.
5. Mental TabsImagine your brain to be Firefox with many tabs open at once. It becomes menace trying to mentally juggle too many thoughts all at the same time. Writing some important ideas resorts to reduce stress of losing your thoughts with time.
6. Learning“I learned never to empty the well of my writing, but always to stop when there was still something there in the deep part of the well, and let it refill at night from the springs that fed it” – Ernest Hermingway.
I have got to hand it to my father for this one because my old man always (and I mean, always) tells me to “say and write” whether I am copying from the internet or doing my assignment. It is often because writing helps us to recall things easily as notes that we jolted down says in our subconscious longer that you will ever believe. Plus, writing helps to build off from older thoughts and develop ideas into grand ones.
7. LeadershipThe ability to leave an impact through words alone, is really very different. Even when criticized writers learn to build a tougher skin and pick up themselves from the dust.
“Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway” – Eleanor Roosevelt