Whether it’s politics, work or relationship drama making you feel stressed, a new study has found that writing down positive thoughts might just help ease the pressure.
Spending 20 minutes a day jotting down positive experiences and thoughts – “anything from being moved by a good book, painting or piece of music, to falling in love” – may be enough to decrease
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Smith continued: “We also found that writing about happy moments was effective, regardless of the levels of distress that people reported at the start of the study.”
When HuffPost UK asked if gratitude journals might help people, the researcher said “participants wrote about a range of positive thoughts and experiences, so we couldn’t conclude on the basis of the evidence from our study that gratitude journals work”.
People with bullet journals could however add a ‘positive experiences’ section to their journals, while other people could easily start writing a daily diary of positivity – either using a plain notebook or buying an empty diary with plenty of space to record experiences.
The beauty is the experiences could be from years ago, it doesn’t have to be something that happened that day.
“I would say that a huge advantage of positive writing is that people can be flexible to do it whenever they feel they need to, or whenever it works best for them,” Smith added.
“So if people find benefits in keeping a daily diary then that’s great, but for others, they may feel more comfortable just with writing whenever they feel the need, or if they’re feeling particularly stressed or in a low mood.”