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The Write Stuff for Your Relationship

The Write Stuff for Your Relationship

The last time many of us wrote in a diary about our love lives, we were probably wearing braces or agonizing over acne. Well, blow off the dust and crack that lock.

Seems it may help cement your bond with your partner if you write down your deepest thoughts about your relationship. In one study, couples who did so were more likely to be together months later compared to the couples who were told to just write about anything. The pairs who wrote about their relationships also had more positive things to say to each other. Not in a relationship? Here's how this news applies to you, too . . .

Writing about your emotions can help produce clarity and calm, not just in your relationship, but in other aspects of your life as well. Write down your deepest thoughts about your career, your family, your pets, your dreams for the future -- anything. The simple act of focusing for a few minutes on those important things in your life may help you feel more enthusiastic or positive about them.

Even if journaling doesn't make your love life or your career the epitome of perfection, there are other very real health benefits. It can lower stress, lift depression, boost immunity, and cut down on trips to the doctor.

So here's to a prescription you can finally write yourself.

Medically reviewed in January 2020.

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