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June 07, 2008

Blog for your life!

J0401859 Science is finally catching up to something that some of us have suspected for quite some time now: blogging can help you feel happier, sleep better, and work out issues.  This month's issue of Scientific American features upcoming studies on how blogging helps people with serious illnesses cope.  (Something about how complaining acts as a placebo treatment for those in pain; I'm not sure I buy that part of it, but I'm no neuroscientist.)  The feedback mechanism (comments) is huge, of course; I wonder if the scientists fully recognize the power of comments and friendship, in any form, in healing.  I hope they do.  I know for me, that's been incredibly important, and I've been speaking out lately about the power of blogging to help heal.  There's an article this month in Health magazine, and I'll be speaking at BlogHer, with Laurie K and Flutter, about the power of blogging communities as a healing force. 

Of course, none of this is news to any of you.  You know what it means to blog.  You feel its power, its pull, and you come away from your computers more satisfied and fulfilled after a good blog writing and rerading session.  It connects us.  It heals.   

No matter the challenge that we face, blogging can heal. 

It's about time for the scientific community to catch up to us, and to recognize that coming together to talk about our everyday life and problems is not only cathartic, but healing as well.

This is an original DC Metro Moms Blog post.  Susan also blogs at Toddler Planet, at Mothers With Cancer, and at Women in Planetary Science.  Clearly, she should be all better by now.

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