I can’t believe a week has gone by already since I wrote the last episode of the SwanWaters blog!
Time truly flies when you are busy as anything and have no time to think. Luckily some of my busy time consists of spending time reading blogs and social media expressions (yes, my job IS awesome!). And with all that reading and surfing, I usually find something that I want to share with you all.
Can You Write Your Way to Happiness?
Well, according to this article in the New York Times, you can:
The concept is based on the idea that we all have a personal narrative that shapes our view of the world and ourselves. But sometimes our inner voice doesn’t get it completely right. Some researchers believe that by writing and then editing our own stories, we can change our perceptions of ourselves and identify obstacles that stand in the way of better health.
I definitely feel that writing about my story has helped me gain insight. Using a forum to tell that story does not only mean that you receive feedback, It also means you will be asked to clarify or reconsider your story.
It keeps record so you can go back later, and experience your personal growth by comparing your thoughts now, to your thoughts then. Writing has helped me identify where certain behaviors were holding be back, where creating toxicity in my life again. In sort, writing helped me become more self-aware, and invaluable tool in you healing journey.
Put Pen To Paper and Write!
So from the bottom of my heart, put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and start writing. Don’t expect a novel. Just write your story. Start at the beginning, or the middle, or the end.
Write in installments, write in chapters, write in haikus. It really does not matter how, but write, write, write!
If you are not sure where to start, simply join our Facebook Group for some weekly Journaling Juice.