Write your way to happiness

According to a study published in Psychosomatic Medicine, revisiting your childhood ‘Dear diary’ habit may have more benefit than simply allowing you to express your crushes, your dreams and your wrongdoings.

Turns out that journalling about thoughts, feelings and emotions of upsetting events can lower stress hormone levels and help your body heal 4.4 times faster.

But baring your soul to paper isn’t the only pen exercise that can give you benefits. According to a study published in the Journal of Health Psychology, adults who wrote about personal life goals experienced lower levels of stress hormones and, hence, higher levels of psychosocial and physical wellbeing.

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