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Even professional editors want you to keep a journal!
Writing isn’t just for the writer. Read how recipients of personal letters have been saved from despair and suicide.
Science shows something surprising about what reading poetry does to your brain:
From PsychCentral.com’s blog:
From the Pueblo Chieftain, October 19, 2015
A bi-weekly, half-hour podcast series, hosted by Charlie Rossiter, that features interviews with poets, reviews of poetry books, examinations of individual poems, and investigations of themes in poetry. New episodes are posted the first and third Friday of every month. The series may also be accessed by subscribing free at the iTunes store.
This special themed episode of Poetry Spoken Here examines the theory and practice of Poetry Therapy. Dr. Lynn Kapitan, recent past-president of the American Art Therapy Association, discusses poetry therapy in the context of Creative Arts Therapies; clinical psychologist, Dr. Beth Jacobs, talks about her use of poetry and expressive writing in her practice; and Professor Nick Mazza, founding and current editor of the Journal of Poetry Therapy, talks about current developments in the field.
Sometimes it isn’t just the content that is important. Here’s a piece about the very art of writing that may interest you. Beware, though: it could make you self-conscious of your daily handwriting!
Poetry therapy is a term that embraces many forms of expressive writing for the purposes of healing and self-development. Read here about how journal writing, in particular, can improve your health and life satisfaction.
In praise of writing about your ordinary days!
No matter the quality of your prose, the act of writing itself leads to strong physical and mental health benefits, like long-term improvements in mood, stress levels and depressive symptoms.
Cancer.net, June 26, 2014
Whether they decide to write in a journal or post on social media, people who have been diagnosed with cancer are putting their thoughts and feelings into words to better cope with their experiences and to be able to look back at their journey and see just how far they’ve come.
From Greater Good, July 7, 2014
Here’s a little research study about the value of keeping a gratitude journal.
New York Times Online Edition, June 2, 2014
Does handwriting matter? Not very much, according to many educators. The Common Core standards, which have been adopted in most states, call for teaching legible writing, but only in kindergarten and first grade. After that, the emphasis quickly shifts to proficiency on the keyboard. But psychologists and neuroscientists say it is far too soon to declare handwriting a relic of the past. New evidence suggests that the links between handwriting and broader educational development run deep. Read full article in the New York Times Online
Published in The Atlantic Monthly Online
Here is a classic essay by Dana Gioia that poses the question: “Can Poetry Matter?” While it isn’t brand new, we feel it is still important to ponder. Take a look!