In the process of writing my last post about AI and writing, I learned quite a bit about exactly how good writing is for our brains. First of all I learned that writing by hand is better for the brain than typing. Although a slower task, research indicates that physically writing things down appears to make the writer become more selective in what they write. What’s more, when you pen words on paper, the neurons in your brain fire signals at rapid speed, enabling you to make more neural connections.
Writing is a stimulating yet strenuous activity for the brain. When you write, all parts of your brain are actively engaged. Thanks to the brain’s neuroplasticity, it can grow and change over time. Just as athletes train their bodies, writers can do the same with their brains.
The process of recalling something, writing it down, and reading it back on paper boosts memory and comprehension, leading to improved cognitive processing. Given that many areas of the brain are engaged, the more you write, the more neural connections are formed within your brain.
Writing every day can benefit everyone, not only professional writers. It improves your memory, builds vocabulary, and refines your communication skills. Writing can also be very relaxing, especially if you lead a busy or stressful life.
When it comes to emotional stability and development, writing can be quite therapeutic. Writing gives some structure and organization to anxious thoughts and feelings. It can help the writer feel more in control of their negative moods, thus helping them get past suppressed difficult or traumatic events.
I have always been a avid writer since I first learned how. Writing is my way to have someone to talk to about difficult thoughts or feelings, a way to process my feelings to make me feel better. These days I find writing to be essential to both my mental health and brain health. Although I sometimes find it quite challenging for my brain, I do need this challenge to keep moving forward after a few serious head injuries.
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Wow! I knew writing had benefits, but I never knew the extent! Thank you so much for this, Laura!
Yes Diane, I was surprised too! Perhaps we should all write more and take less medications! LLC
I write for my blog daily but it’s all typed. I don’t do much physical writing (except taking notes at office meetings). I wonder now if I should handwrite blog posts first, but I’m a fast typist and it’s second nature to me – probably less effective in benefiting the brain, alas. Alana ramblinwitham
Whatever we do is GREAT for our brain and mental health. So good to know that!
I write every day, in notebooks every morning and on the computer at some point every day. Not writing is like putting a bag over my head. I’m either lost, out of oxygen, or both.
Pennie, I am naturally out of oxygen (on O2 constantly!) but I still write so much to keep my brain growing 🙂