Writing as Meditation: The Benefits of Journaling
By JACKIE HENDRY for South Dakota Public Broadcasting
Life can be hectic - and for many people, the holiday season can bring a seemingly endless list of to-dos and deadlines. But what if you could find a little peace by picking up a pen? The health benefits of writing and journaling are gaining more attention in research, but for some people this is nothing new.
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