Posted by: Abby Caplin, MD | September 24, 2009

Did you know that writing heals?

Yes! It can really help.  If you just write, “move the tools” (pen to paper) as SARK would say, you give yourself the gift of  describing your authentic experience. If you can say or write the truth of your life, you help influence and improve your immune system. (If you need to know the scientific studies before you do this, send me an email and I’ll send you the links.)

So, take out a pen and a notebook, kiss your “inner critic” goodnight, and just write for at least three minutes, nonstop. It really doesn’t matter what you write, as long as it is true for you. You can also write about a specific encounter (good or bad) that had to do with your health, healthcare, a doctor or nurse, a friend or someone in your family. You can write a poem about it. You can even write it as a run-on sentence, filling gaps with “but” and “and so” when you get stuck.

When you get it out on paper, that’s one story you don’t have to necessarily carry in your mind. And perhaps you can think more about the story and understand your experience better. Writing about things validates your experience. You might even share it with a friend.

[waiting 3 minutes]

Did you do it? Good! Now give yourself a hug, write to me, and tell me how it went!



  1. I couldn’t agree with you more. At times writing is the one thing that can move me forward. I always feel much lighter after writing.

  2. I had no idea how much writing could help until after your class (sadly the only one). The next day I felt lighter, less anxious, and more in tune with my thoughts–very different from other days.

    I knew that the feeling wouldn’t necessarily last, but it certainly convinced me to believe in the power of writing.

    I would like to see the research. Can you e-mail it to me?


    • Sure thing, Arlene. I’m so glad that even one session helped!


  3. I agree that writing can be great for getting objectivity about whatever we are going through and empowering ourselves to handle a challenge. Personally, I keep a journal and encourage some of my psychotherapy clients to do so. Some folks who don’t want to write like making drawings and collages for self-awareness and expression. Other prefer to others rely on psychotherapy to find meaning, growth, and healing. It’s all good!

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