A philosophical introduction
As I write this, I expect that someone might read this on a later occasion. It’s no doubt you, if you’re here. As the first sentence subtly illustrates, I’m sharing my thoughts with you through this medium. And that’s essentially what writing is; thoughts in a physical manifistation.
Further, since writing is similar to our thought-process, it becomes a great way of expressing ourselves. Writing has an upper hand on thinking, however, in the way that it provides structure. And by giving structure to a myriad of thoughts, we provide clarity. To ourselves and others. It is important to express ourselves in a clear an precise manner, because it makes it easy to understand each other.
And that’s why we need to write. To communicate. What we’re thinking, our opinions, ideas, concerns, beliefs, arguments, and statements. The list goes on.
If you write, you can inspire people, trasfer your ideas to others, and reach the soul of your readers. Who knows, your writing might change someone’s life, or push the world in the right direction.
“A writer, I think, is someone who pays attention to the world.” ― Susan Sontag
Psychological benefits of writing
In addition to the more philosophical thoughts above, writing has also some psychological benefits that is worth mentioning.
- Clarity. By writing, you’ll clarify your thoughts and emotions. Our minds can often feel like a storm, but by writing, you extract the things that are important. You calm the storm.
- Therapy. When you clarify your thoughts, your emotions are affected as well. Putting labels on your emotions, and naming them, can help you deal with them more effectively. Writing about worry, anger, and other painful emotions will likely decrease their intensity. Stress is relieved, you’ll be more calm, and then able to move on more easily. Writing works like a personal therapy.
- Creativity. Writing enables you to extract things from your subconscious mind. Have you ever started writing, and suddenly found yourself filling the paper with all kinds of thoughts you never knew you had? This is your subconscious mind at work. Creativity is essentially the process of making connections between different parts of the brain, and putting your subconscious mind at work will aid your creative process.
- Self-awareness. By writing and reflecting on your being, you’ll be able to see parts of yourself that you’ve never seen before. You mayt get to know yourself better. This is advantageous to your work, your love life, your friendships, and pretty much in any endeavor of life.
- Reaching your goals. To have your goals in writing, makes it more likely that you’ll achieve them. When it comes to short-term goals, setting goals each day, and then achieving them, will increase your dopamine- This makes it more likely for you to keep reaching goals in the future. When your long-term goals are written down, it gives your subconscious mind direction. It will remind you of what your trying to achieve, and increases your commitment to them.
- Improving your learning. By writing things down, you’ll be more likely to remember them. Especially if you write by hand, as this provide more stimuli (the more, the better), than writing on a computer. Even if you never re-read your notes, you’ll be more likely to remember the writing, rather than some random thought that appeared in your mind.
- A record of your life. Keeping a journal saves your life’s story on paper. How cool wouldn’t it be to look back on your life when you’re 90? If it’s in your intention, you can also share the things you’ve written. If you recording your days in writing, it will enhance your memory of the life you’ve lived.
“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” ― Anaïs Nin
Now imagine if everyone did this individually, and then proceeded to write things publically. I’ll let you think about that, and leave you with this: writing can be a great tool if we choose to use it.
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