The act of writing has existed thousands of years ago dating back to the Bronze Age. It started as a language form during the Sumer empire in Southern Mesopotamia. As time passed by, it evolved in many different aspects, helping humans communicate clearly and more effectively.
Writing As We Know It
As the 21st century rolled, the different forms and uses of writing and language expanded, helping people execute various tasks every day. With the Internet influencing our way of living, even our writing styles and patterns have changed. Not only did it connect people through conversations, but it also brought to life many technological advancements and helped humans be more efficient.
Without writing, many inventions would not come to exist. These include the binary language and other forms which positively impacted a lot of human lives around the world. Through writing, scientific research also became more progressive, and the use of language has been utilized in many ways, making knowledge more accessible to all.
The way we use words is not only limited in expressing, but it also helps ease different emotional conditions such as anxiety and depression. Besides knowledge, writing is also scientifically proven to alleviate stress and lower down anxiety levels, making it one of the cheapest alternatives to therapy.
There are many different ways in which writing can reduce stress and make a person happier. Not only can it help improve your mental state, but it can also make you smarter and more organized in your thoughts and ideas.
Some of the most common ways to venture into writing therapy are through keeping a diary, journaling, blogging, and writing letters. That is because “Some have found it valuable to keep journals and then go back and read them to see how far they have progressed.” Kathy Hardie-Williams, NCC, LPC, LMFT, explains. These are just a few of the ideas to express yourself through writing.
Ever wondered what other benefits come along with writing? Here is a list of the wonders, and joys writing can bring the human mind.
1. Writing helps you express your emotions.
“Our society tells us that if you talk about your issues, express your feelings, or even verbalize you have a mental health disorder, you must be “weak.”,” Ryan Parks, M.Ed, LPCC stated. Well, sometimes, there are some thoughts we are too shy to share with our loved ones no matter how much we trust them. Through writing, we can freely express those grudges and emotions without holding back anything.
2. Writing helps you remember good memories.
If you did not know yet, journaling is one of the best ways to remember good memories. You can stroll down the memory lane of the momentous events of your life and relive every feeling that you once had.
3. Writing improves self-awareness.
One of the best ways to achieve genuine happiness is by being self-aware. By writing, you can gain different perspectives through your personal and other people’s experiences. In doing so, you get to know yourself a little bit more. Self-awareness is one of the overlooked factors that contribute to overall happiness. Once you have seen the world from a different perspective, you will learn to appreciate yourself more and feel more motivated to reach your personal and professional goals. The idea supports what Deborah Khoshaba Psy.D. used to say; “Self-love is not simply a state of feeling good. It is a state of appreciation for oneself that grows from actions that support our physical, psychological and spiritual growth.”
Ready to get that added dose of happiness to your life? Grab that pen and some paper and start writing today!