"It’s hard work to keep our deep negative feelings hidden.
Over time, this cumulative stress undermines our physiological defenses
and seems to weaken our immunity." - Mind/Body Health newsletter
Based on the above statement Mind/Body Health newsletter put together
a series of studies to see if writing about negative feelings would prove
In one study Two groups of people were asked to write for 15 to 20 minutes
a day for three to five consecutive days. One group wrote about ordinary
matters such as their plans for the day. The other group was asked to
write about their deepest thoughts and feelings about a traumatic event
At the end of the study the group that wrote about a traumatic event reported
fewer symptoms, fewer visits to the doctor, fewer days off work, improved
mood, and a more positive outlook. The immune function was enhanced for
at least six weeks after writing.
In another study, reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association,
they used a similar format. But in this study people had asthma and rheumatoid
arthritis. After 4 months, nearly half of those who wrote about traumatic
events showed significant improvements in their health while only a quarter
of the control patients showed improvement. Further, only 5% of the experimental
group got worse and more than 20% of the control group worsened.
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