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Could Keeping a Happiness Journal Lengthen Your Life?

Journaling (expressive writing) has been studied scientifically. It’s considered a powerful tool to support change, overcome challenges, and accelerate goal achievement. It is often used to support therapy and medical treatment. This includes anxiety, depression, grief, and stress. It’s not a gimmick. UCLA scientists in a brain-imaging study discovered that putting feelings into words produces therapeutic changes in the brain. The real news is that everyone can benefit from journaling, and the theme you might want to consider is “happiness.” Journaling daily about happy moments in your life may lead to more of them, an upbeat mood, and perhaps a longer life, because happy people have been shown to live longer. Learn more about the healing power of journaling here.


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