Yes, Expressive Writing Therapy Can Heal

Think about the day you feel like the world hates you. Or the time you want to punch someone right in their guts. Usually, you’ll find yourself on a meltdown, and the worst part is, you can’t vent this load of crap. If you haven’t tried to comfort yourself with writing, then you should give it a try. Expressive writing can heal.

A Recent study shows that writing is much more you’ve imagined. In most cases, writing—specifically expressive writing therapy—is taken as a form of mental and physical therapy. It’s interesting that for years, a number of authors and prominent figures have already acknowledged that journal writing is therapeutic, and may heal stress and traumas.

Take Oscar Wilde as an example. Wilde was a 19th century playwright that admitted he never agree to travel without his personal journal. Even the poet Rilke, and the genius Einstein keep letters for their personal purposes, to record their struggles and inner introspection in life.

To understand the positive impact of this kind of method, here are the benefits of journaling.

Words can comfort.

expressive writing therapyJotting down raw emotions in the pages of your journal can be therapeutic. Such is in the case of blogging—bloggers undoubtedly feel calmer and better. By writing, they handle tough times through channeling the intensity of their feelings on their platform. Thus, the process of expressive writing becomes a retreat from tension and an avenue for creativity.

According to Laura King, “Writing about achieving future goals and dreams can make people happier and healthier.” When people are stressed, sharing feelings and experiences offer the comfort that the body and brain need.

Words heal wounds faster.

In the recent study published in the journal Brain, Behaviour and Immunity, 122 participants (ages 18 and 55) were given a 4mm-punch biopsy to their inner upper arm and were asked to write expressively about their distressing moments and experiences (something they had not shared in details with their peers). The results showed that 52 percent of people who had done writing therapy exercises before biopsy were healed, while only 27 percent of people were healed when the therapy was done after the biopsy.

The purpose of the study was to tell whether or not expressive writing can greatly affect the acute wounds. The research concludes that writing, or more importantly what you write about, can also affect the healing of wounds faster.

Words compose thoughts in accord.

Expressive writing helps organize your thoughts in harmony. If you ever feel your brain has too many things to think expressive writing therapyabout, write your thoughts down. When you write about your thoughts every day, you give up more space for more thinking—and you’re also preventing this overload of thoughts to keeping you awake late at night.

Different strokes for different folks.

While it may be a good idea for others to write their past experiences, there are also others who may feel sadder and more depressed when remembering these moments.

When you start sinking deeper into your own misery while you write, then stop. If you feel it’s not helping, then stop. This method may work for others, but may not work for you.

About the Author:

Erin Scott is a book publishing and marketing specialist at LitFire Publishing, a company based in Atlanta GA which envisions helping more authors transform their manuscripts into top-quality books, and provides personalized marketing and distribution support to help authors become contenders in today’s very competitive market. Follow Erin on twitter at @erinscottlf or read more of her tips at






  1. Ashley LaMar says

    This is exactly why I love writing / journaling. Sometimes I feel like my mind is spinning a million miles a minute but writing is always able to help calm me down and help me focus again.

  2. Victoria Onken says

    I think it’s amazing that you write every day. Every year, one of my new year’s resolution is to keep journaling, but I just can’t seem to find my mojo. I love going through old photographs and to relive these moments, but I can imagine it’s even better when reading about them instead. I’ll try again this new year 🙂

  3. Natalie @ A Tiny Traveler Blog says

    I’ve been journaling for almost 15 years now and I completely agree in its healing process. Great article!

  4. Marina Penedo says

    I have been journaling since childhood and I agree with you whole heartedly! I am not an elequent speaker but when I write, I can express myself like no other.

  5. Shelly says

    I used to be a regular journal-er, but I fell off the wagon at some point. I have, however, been in a writer’s group for a couple of years and I find it has helped me write more than I would otherwise! And we all vent to one another a lot too which is an added bonus. It helps us sort our feelings out before we get to writing 🙂

    Thank you for sharing the benefits.


  6. ShootingStarsMag says

    I think writing really can be therapeutic. You’re just getting it all down and out of you.

  7. WolfTeamClub says

    I need to b honest. I am not wriing that much but when i do i feel verry good. I write every idea and plan i made. it feel etter because then i am sure that i not forget it and i am fully in control of everythig. Thanks for sharing this Post 🙂

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