"In the 1980s, my students and I discovered that if people were asked to write about emotional upheavals, their physical health improved. Apparently, putting emotional experiences into language changed the ways people thought about their upheavals. In an attempt to better understand the power of writing, we developed a computerized text analysis program to determine how language use might predict later health improvements. In other words, I wanted to find if there was a healthy way to write."
Writing helps. But it takes (or at least took me) a long time to be able to put pen to paper and write about it. Easier and for a while, I thought better, to just keep it buried inside. The writing, the telling and the sharing are healing though.
Pretty sure my diary is the reason I survived high school, when I think about it.
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