Orem Auto Accident Injury Doctor Discusses Journaling
As an Orem auto accident doctor, I have found writing in a journal, whether it be pen and paper or even an online journal, to be very helpful and keeping stress down, organizing my thoughts and feeling grateful. Science out of the University of Oregon has added another benefit to journaling gratitude. Altruism.
This post is based on an article from neuroscience news.
The dictionary defines altruism as the belief in or practice of disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others.
In this research, participants were 33 women aged 18 to 27. Initially, they watched a video of money being routed to themselves or to a charity. When they saw the video of the money going to a charity they feelings and traits of greater altruism.
Second, to test the journaling intervention the participants were randomly assigned to two groups. In one group they wrote in an online journal, responding to questions related to gratitude. The second group wrote in an online journal without focusing on gratitude.
Three weeks later, the participants returned for functional MRI scanning as they repeated the questionnaires and viewed transactions of money going to the food bank or themselves. Turns out, after doing the journaling exercises, their brains valued the video of money going to the charity rather than to themselves.
Look for things to be grateful for, then write about it. If you do, you and the world will be much better off for it.
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