Various studies (Bennebaker & Beall (1986), Smyth & Pennebaker (1999) amongst others if you’re interested) have shown that regular writing has beneficial effects on physical and psychological health, as well as improving our immune system.
It appears that writing down your feelings and emotions helps you process them and come to terms with events in your life. Leopore & Smyth (2002) also found that those who wrote about emotional or stressful events experienced a decrease in PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).
Apparently learning to write well can help us to speak and think more effectively, that’ll be something for me to look forward to, effective thinking is not something I’m particularly famous for. It can also improve thought organisation, although that would suggest some organisation was present in the first place, along with clarity of the mind, again not one of the first thing that come to mind when describing myself.
Writing calms anxiety, - this I have found true, along with this blog I have developed the habit of writing a diary before going to bed, and it really does feel as if I leave all my worries on the page, like talking it all over with a friend.
Blogging also encourages curiosity, and learning new things is certainly good for you, well, for me at any rate. I love the feeling when my brain sizzles as if it’s full of perrrier as I try to get my head around a new concept, learning keeps us young, although it’s probably not very good for wrinkles.
It is a social activity, while my dad is convinced that anyone you haven’t met face to face doesn't really exist, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy reading someone else’s blog, sharing ideas, and keeping your fingers crossed in empathy for them if they are going through a tough time. Their advice is just as valid as your neighbour’s or school gate friend.
So, as blogging is the cure to the common cold, the secret of happiness, and may even solve the global financial crisis, it would be selfish not to carry on, wouldn’t it?