Normally I talk about tech and entrepreneurial trends, but I couldn’t resist talking about this Scientific American story when it popped up on my Google Reader. Apparently, blogging provides significant physical and psychological benefits derived from the creative and expressive writing. This is even more interesting when you consider a New York Times article last month that talked about the high stress and unhealthy habits of some bloggers.
From the article’s opening paragraph:
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.
Hell, I’ll keep blogging if it’s helping my health that much. But really, is this all that surprising? Doing something you love, getting your ideas off of your chest, using your creativity: they all are healthy habits that make for happier people. But unlike general creative writing, there is one added benefit of blogging:
Unlike a bedside journal, blogging offers the added benefit of receptive readers in similar situations, Morgan explains: “Individuals are connecting to one another and witnessing each other’s expressions—the basis for forming a community.”
The backbone of blogging: the community. So keep blogging. Just don’t start taking up Michael Arrington’s sleeping habits.