I knew it! I've seen amazing things come out of my writing classes. Now there's empirical evidence. I should start marketing my writing classes at the hospital (if anyone knows anyone there :). My article at NBC News:
Lu’s new study, recently published in Health Psychology, found that regular, expressive writing about one’s deepest fears, emotions, and the benefits of a cancer diagnosis has both short-term and long-term physical and psychological health benefits for Chinese-speaking breast cancer survivors, including decreased fatigue, fewer intrusive thoughts, reduced post-traumatic stress, and increased quality of life.
Key to these results, said Lu, is the writing instruction. Study participants were asked to write for twenty minutes a week for three weeks based on different prompts. Participants reported that they revealed emotions and experiences in their writing that they had not previously told others.
Writing Therapy Helps Chinese-Speaking Breast Cancer Survivors - NBC : News.com
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