February 16, 2009

The Bridget Jones Effect

Psychologists say keeping a diary can make you happier.

"Writing seems to help the brain regulate emotion unintentionally. Whether it's writing things down in a diary, writing bad poetry, or making up song lyrics that should never be played on the radio, it seems to help people emotionally,"

"Men seemed to benefit from writing about their feelings more than women, and writing by hand had a bigger effect than typing."

"Men tend to show greater benefits and that is a bit counterintuitive. But the reason might be that women more freely put their feelings into words, so this is less of a novel experience for them. For men it's more of a novelty."

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