Dracil’s BlogJournal

May 25, 2008

Blogging is good for you

Filed under: Blog, News, science — Tags: , , — dracil @ 7:15 am

I’m sure any sort of venting probably helps reduce stress though.  Except instead of the normal venting to close friends, you vent to random people on the Internet.  :P

Self-medication may be the reason the blogosphere has taken off. Scientists (and writers) have long known about the therapeutic benefits of writing about personal experiences, thoughts and feelings. But besides serving as a stress-coping mechanism, expressive writing produces many physiological benefits. Research shows that it improves memory and sleep, boosts immune cell activity and reduces viral load in AIDS patients, and even speeds healing after surgery. A study in the February issue of the Oncologist reports that cancer patients who engaged in expressive writing just before treatment felt markedly better, mentally and physically, as compared with patients who did not.

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