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I found this nice list of studies showing the benefits of writing, or as we do it, typing: The Research Is In: Writing Makes You Happier. I have always felt like livejournal was good for me, that's why I keep coming back even if fell away for a bit. It's like reading, exercising, being outside... I like the overall affect it has on me. I feel like a flower that's getting sunlight and water.

And unlike working out, I can write for five minutes here and there and eventually a whole entry comes together about some feeling, I don't have to dedicate 30 minutes at a time, don't have to wear special clothes.

Reasons I particularly related to:

1) When you write about your activities you want the complete story of them to include the reasons why you did them, and thinking back on those reasons makes them more valuable. You're reminded of the "what's it all about".

2) Writing organizes your thoughts. You're not as likely to stumble through finding the words if you force yourself to sit down and make the words. When we speak, everything is so fluid you're never forced to put the whole puzzle together like we do when we write.

3) Writing complicated thoughts gets them out of your head. Your mind doesn't have to mull them over and over, they're in a neat little box, you can move on to other things.

4) The memories stick better. This is one thing I really love about LJ, having these records of finishing my masters, meeting my husband, having babies.

5) Finally, if your words are out there leaving an impact on people, it's gratifying. Maybe some part of my story is helping some friend? Just the chance of that happening is motivating, and I bet it has happened, and that makes me happy.

So that's why I keep wanting to make livejournal a priority. Yes I'm busy, but I can cope with being busy if I'm in a good mental place. Writing it all down helps me get there.

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Feb. 9th, 2017 07:42 pm (UTC)
It is totally true. When I write regularly, I am a much better person. More equilibrated, more focused, more relaxed. I'm so glad to have this possibility, not just to write but to also interact with others about it.
Feb. 10th, 2017 12:04 am (UTC)
This has been my experience for sure. Especially the part about organizing my thoughts.
Feb. 10th, 2017 03:04 am (UTC)
Writing here was an absolute life saver recently. I could go on and on about things without boring or bothering anyone. Anyone who didn't care didn't have to reply or read it. I got things off my chest and out of my system.
Feb. 10th, 2017 12:59 pm (UTC)
You came up with some great reasons, which I agree with completely. While I don't tend to post to much personal stuff, when I do, LJ makes the memories stick. Plus, I can always go back and the post brings all those memories to the fore.
Feb. 10th, 2017 05:08 pm (UTC)
I am in a writing group for depression and they say the same thing. We read Writing Through the Darkness
Feb. 11th, 2017 01:12 am (UTC)
And unlike working out, I can write for five minutes here and there and eventually a whole entry comes together about some feeling, I don't have to dedicate 30 minutes at a time, don't have to wear special clothes.

I REALLY wish I could convince myself of this. I feel the need to devote a 30 minute chunk of time and write an entry all at once. If I start it and come back to a partly written entry, I'm much more likely to just delete it all and start over with something different than finish the one I started... mainly because it's almost never the same day I get back to it, and then it feels like old news.

But yes, I love going back and reading the past - the big things and the little things I would have forgotten about otherwise. Hopefully I will succeed at making it a priority again.
Apr. 27th, 2017 07:12 pm (UTC)
#3 and #4 are why I journal and why I keep coming back even after long pauses. In my mind, I've never "stopped", time just sort of gets away from me. #2 is also super beneficial. :)
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