NeuroTip: Creative Writing Improves the Health of Your Mind

Creative Writing Improves the Health of Your #Brain

The written content of the post was authored by best-selling author and neuroscience expert, Mark Robert Waldman. It is posted with his permission.


When you take your past traumas and current struggles, and turn them into poetry and prose, your brain heals faster, and your words help others to heal themselves. 

Take any problem you have and let your words spill out over the page. Let them sing, dance, stumble and cry. Then savor the emotional release. 

Neuroscience confirms that creative writing (where you embellish and paint fantastic images with your words) is profoundly healing.

Life is sometimes hard. Things go wrong, in life and in love and in business and in friendship and in health and in all other ways that life can go wrong. And when things get tough, this is what you should do. Make good art.
— Neil Gaiman,

Relevant Case Study: 

The role of written language in the rehabilitation process of brain injury and aphasia: the memory of the movement in the reacquisition of language.
inhasi-Vittorio L.
Top Stroke Rehabil. 2007 Jan-Feb;14(1):115-22.


This qualitative case study describes the use of written language over a period of two years, with a young adult who sustained brain injury and as a result has expressive and receptive aphasia. The study demonstrates the ways in which written language can enhance the development of the expression of thoughts. The "memory of the movement" strategy enabled him to initiate ideation and restore his language. One of the powerful aspects of the research was the natural choice of mediating his thoughts through the writing of poetry. The importance of this research is the encouragement of holistic and interdisciplinary approaches to promote the language rehabilitation process of individuals who have aphasia.

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