Friday, February 27, 2015

Happy To Be Writing

When I sit at my computer to write my blog, a short story, or book I completely lose track of time and am able to forget about everything else. I just thought it was my form of escapism. 

An internet article titled Writing Your Way to Happiness written by Tara Parker-Pope tells of recent scientific studies that show that engaging in creative writing has health benefits as well.

Parker-Pope writes:
“The scientific research on the benefits of so-called expressive writing is surprisingly vast. Studies have shown that writing about oneself and personal experiences can improve mood disorders, help reduce symptoms among cancer patients, improve a person’s health after a heart attack, reduce doctor visits and even boost memory.”

What is it about putting words down on paper that is a life game changer? Since I've been writing regularly for the past seven years, I decided to interview myself to see how writing has benefitted me. 
  •   You started out by writing your memoir—what did you learn in the process?          “Perspective!  I learned that my life was like a puzzle with a lot of pieces scattered about.             By putting the pieces of the puzzle down on paper, events and circumstances started making     sense. I discovered that time has to pass in order for a true perspective to be gained.”
  • How has writing made you a happier person?                                                                      “When I published my book, it opened doors for speaking so that I could share my life lessons   with others. There is also a sense of satisfaction that I am leaving my written words as a            legacy for future generations. Writing on my blog helps me stay connected to family and            friends and that always makes me happy.”
Since I am working with my husband, Charles to compile his memories for a future book, I decided to ask him the same questions.

     ·  What have you learned so far in the process of writing down your memories?

       “I’m finding out what molded my life and am discovering that God has been directing me all               along. I agree that my memory has been boosted as I am able to recall vivid detail about my                 life.”

     ·      Has writing your memories made you a happier person?

        “I’ve always been a happy, optimistic person. I don’t think writing has added to that except that            once my book is published, I hope it will benefit others with their life struggles. That will make          me happy.”

So if you are dealing with a problem or trying to put the past behind you, cozy up to a pad and pen or your mouse and laptop and let it all hang out. It can be much cheaper and less trouble than getting professional help.

PS.  I am so happy I was inspired to write this blog and get it posted before my self-imposed February 28 deadline.  J


  1. Very insightful "interview" responses from both you and Charles!! It would seem that writing one's life memories can be beneficial in a variety of ways for both to the writer and the reader. Keep up your excellent posts, Frieda!

  2. I have to agree that writing is a great therapy! It helps me sort through all that has happened to me and sometimes helps with getting a perspective. Thanks for reminding me that writing is good for the soul! I haven't done it in years, and I think I need to bring it back into my life. Ellen Stafford

  3. AL. friend
    Writing with pen & pad over a long air line flight helped me to resolve much of my grief over the death of my beloved older brother. It also helped me to understand more about him. The title "My Brother Forever The Caregiver"

  4. I agree that writing your thoughts, in a diary or journal or a thankful journal (which I have done for years), is very uplifting. The key to happiness in inside us and we are the only ones that have the ability to unlock it. Writing seems to put me in touch with my thoughts and feelings, that I may ignore in my daily walk. I also think you are right about needing time to pass to get the true perspective on what has transpired in your life. Hindsight as they say. 20/20.