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I can’t believe a week has gone by already since I wrote my last article. 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!

Find your way to our forum, and start writing your way to happiness today!

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Mags

Mags

Having gained experience while working for a variety of European non-profits, I am proud to now work with SwanWaters. My connection with the website is not only professional. I am glad to tap into my personal experiences to help those who are living in toxic relationships whether with parents, partners or in their professional life. We need to make the world more aware of the devastating effects of emotional abuse and help more people on their way to heal and thrive.
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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.

3 comments:

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    Monkey

    February 1, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    I came across this technique to relief your worries by writing. Seems appropriate to this blog too :)

    http://moodnudges.com/send-worries-on-their-way/

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    Breezie

    September 23, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    I started writing a journal for the umpteenth time while I was in the psych hospital, and for some reason I quit writing when I need to the most. I know I need to make it a habit, even if I just write “It was a great day”, etc. Thank you for the post.
    Breezie

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      Monkey

      September 24, 2015 at 12:43 pm

      I know what you mean Breezie. When I wanted to get started on journaling again, I started with a “1 Sentence a Day Journal”. It gets you into the habit and it gives you some lovely insights into your mind, but without the heartache or time commitment that full on journaling can impose. And once you have the habit to sit and write a little, you can start increasing 😉

      Here is a little more info: http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2015/04/08/the-power-of-the-one-sentence-journal/

      xMonkey

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