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The Psychological Benefits of Writing ~ Sparring Mind

The Psychological Benefits of Writing ~ Sparring Mind | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it

by Gregory Ciotti

 

"The mental benefits of writing are numerous; here's the best research that details just how essential writing is for the intelligent mind.

 

"In these cases, writing has just become another tool for thinking, expression, and encouraging creativity; cabin dwelling novelists be damned.

 

"So, should people who don’t consider themselves writers bother with trying to make writing a regular habit?

 

Maybe.

 

"Writing can be an incredibly useful outlet for many people, but let’s look at some of the research on how writing can affect the mind, and you can make the decision for yourself."


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Stories, Essays and Resources by and for Cancer Survivors

Stories, Essays and Resources by and for Cancer Survivors
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The Writing Life: An Interview With Natalie Goldberg

The Writing Life: An Interview With Natalie Goldberg | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
The groundbreaking author of Writing Down the Bones talks about creativity as a spiritual practice, her cancer journey, and choosing passion over discipline
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Meet The Women Who Are Redefining Dance With Their Wheelchairs

Meet The Women Who Are Redefining Dance With Their Wheelchairs | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
"Dance is dance, whether you are walking or you're rolling."
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Why theatre is set for greater diversity as publishing lags behind

Why theatre is set for greater diversity as publishing lags behind | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
Andrew Lloyd Webber has commissioned new research into why few black and Asian actors make it to the stage – so why aren’t book publishers doing the same?
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Sophocles and awe: the director hitting war vets with Greek tragedy

Sophocles and awe: the director hitting war vets with Greek tragedy | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
Bryan Doerries is using Euripides and Sophocles to help soldiers, generals and drone pilots deal with the horrors of war – and actors from Martin Sheen to Jake Gyllenhaal are queueing up to take part
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Stifled Grief: How the West Has It Wrong

Stifled Grief: How the West Has It Wrong | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
After nearly seven years of personal experience surrounding loss, I can tell who is going to read, share and comment on this article and it's no
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This Visualization of the Brain’s Word Map Is Really Addicting—Here’s Why

This Visualization of the Brain’s Word Map Is Really Addicting—Here’s Why | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
Last week, Nature, the world’s most prestigious science journal, published a beautiful picture of a brain on its cover. The computer-generated image,
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Reading Is My First, Most Passionate & Longest Love Affair.

Reading Is My First, Most Passionate & Longest Love Affair. | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
I climbed into the heart of curious tales that fearlessly spoke of chaotic adventures, flying, freedom and the possibility that somewhere out there was my own

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Fraying at the Edges: Her Fight to Live With Alzheimer’s

Fraying at the Edges: Her Fight to Live With Alzheimer’s | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
A withered person with a scrambled mind, memories sealed away: That is the familiar face of Alzheimer’s. But there is also the waiting period, which Geri Taylor has been navigating with prudence, grace and hope.
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A woman with Alzheimer's who photographs, who learns to live in the present which is all she has.
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Seriously ill? Try art therapy - The Nation Nigeria

Seriously ill? Try art therapy - The Nation Nigeria | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
Do you know that patients suffering from chronic illnesses and their families can be healed by art therapy? For the ‘most seriously ill’, art therapy is good. Doctors and artists say such healings are more effective, Assistant Editor (Arts) OZOLUA UHAKHEME reports.   Imagine the joy and relief an artist gets when he completes an …
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You Can Go Home Again: The Transformative Joy Of Rereading

You Can Go Home Again: The Transformative Joy Of Rereading | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
Returning to a book you've read multiple times can feel like drinks with an old friend. There's a welcome familiarity — but also sometimes a
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Jennie Smith-Peers | NCCA

Jennie Smith-Peers | NCCA | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
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A new director of NCCA is announced. She has a great background for this position.
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It Didn't Start With You: The Mystery of Inherited Trauma

It Didn't Start With You: The Mystery of Inherited Trauma | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
How do we inherit family traumas? What tools can we use to work with painful experiences that did not begin with us? Family Constellations pioneer Mark Wolynn explains.
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Yoga May Be Good for the Brain

Yoga May Be Good for the Brain | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
A weekly routine of yoga and meditation may help to stave off aging-related mental decline, according to a study of older adults with memory problems.
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Book Review | Bellevue Literary Review | New York, NY

Book Review | Bellevue Literary Review | New York, NY | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
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I haven't read this book yet, but the review is enticing.
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Artists Around The World Respond To Devastating Attack On Nice

Artists Around The World Respond To Devastating Attack On Nice | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
When words fail, art gives us space to grieve.
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Francine Prose: How I Found Life-Altering Art in Alsace

Francine Prose: How I Found Life-Altering Art in Alsace | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
But what I found thrilling — and yes, life-changing — is the evidence that, at some point in our history, a society thought that this was what art could do: that art might possibly accomplish something like a small miracle of comfort and consolation. It seemed enormously inspiring for anyone who makes, or who cares about, art.

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The Transcendent Artistry of a Legendary Dancer, Four Decades In

The Transcendent Artistry of a Legendary Dancer, Four Decades In | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
At 64, the choreographer, director, dancer and writer Bill T. Jones is making some of the most personal work of his career.
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Still making dance, still creatively growing.
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Healing Through Storytelling

Healing Through Storytelling | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
Listening to personal narratives helped control high blood pressure as effectively as the addition of more medications.
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Writing As A Meditation Practice

Writing As A Meditation Practice | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
Those who have a regular meditation practice can simply add the writing immediately following it, and those who find it difficult to do traditional meditation will find this practice fruitful as the writing gives your busy mind something to do.

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Mirna Yonis's curator insight, April 23, 12:34 AM
#Meditation #Mindful #Healthy Practices
Chris Carter's curator insight, May 3, 9:18 PM
Reflective practice at its best!
Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 4, 11:26 AM
Reflection and meditation are important practices for teachers.Take time and let things soak in and appear.
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Better Aging Through Practice, Practice, Practice

Better Aging Through Practice, Practice, Practice | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
I can’t promise this will prolong your life. But it will improve it.
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A brand new ‘atlas’ shows where different ideas live in our brains

A brand new ‘atlas’ shows where different ideas live in our brains | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
Researchers say they've made a globe to guide neuroscientists' exploration of the human brain.
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Frogs and feelings feature on School Library Association's non-fiction prize shortlist

Frogs and feelings feature on School Library Association's non-fiction prize shortlist | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
From frogs and feelings to astronauts and Shakespeare, the School Library Association Award celebrates some of the best non–fiction for children.
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How a stroke changed how writer Eve Joseph views herself

How a stroke changed how writer Eve Joseph views herself | Creatively Aging | Scoop.it
She is no longer sure who she is, and not yet sure who she will become
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