Saturday, July 21, 2012

Choosing The Right Words

I saw this article in a magazine and thought about the benefits I've had from journaling with God.  I like to sit with pen in hand and quiet myself and ask a question.  Not a why question, but something that I need wisdom on.  I find that if I tune my own thoughts out and write what comes to my heart, I get a lot of wisdom that way.

Regardless of whether it's all information from God or not, it does set my mind at ease and I suppose after reading this article, it has helped my health also.

We all need a way to share our lives and sadly communication has become so automated that many people don't sit with friends to discuss the "meaning of life."  So ... now there's research that proves you can still get the benefits if you journal! 

Read on about the article .... 

You stop worrying about structure, spelling or how others might interpret your words. You just get out your favorite diary or put fingers to keyboard and begin. Chasing every thought and mental image that swims through your head, you let your words carry you away.

 Intuitively, we’ve known for centuries that this loose kind of writing is good for our creativity. But what we didn’t know until recently is that 15 minutes of free writing a day can help us fight cancer, high blood pressure, heart attacks and loneliness—and that autobiographical writers who use a variety of pronouns (I and me but also we and you and they) laugh more and take fewer aspirins than those who stick to the first person singular.

These are just a few examples of the dazzling range of relationships between word use, writing methods and health effects discovered by psychologist James Pennebaker, author of The Secret Life of Pronouns

In 30 years of groundbreaking research at the University of Texas at Austin, he’s found that the words we choose can tell us a lot about our physical and mental health that we don’t know. What’s more, changing our word choices can alter our moods. Read the entire article.

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