"more than 200 studies that show the positive effect of writing on mental health... but researchers don’t completely agree on why or how".
One idea: "safe, confidential way to disclose emotions that were previously bottled up". But "recent studies show an increase in self-awareness ... could be the key".
Turn your attention inward towards the self allows us to "become more aware of our traits, behaviour, feelings, beliefs, values and motivations" - benefits:
Writing can be particularly useful if you write every day, and allows us to reread our writing, giving deeper insights into ourselves. Three particularly relevant ways of writing include:
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