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Pennebaker’s Writing Rules

From journalling to brainstorming to blogging, there’s nothing more magical than getting all notes, ideas, and emotional experiences down on paper. 

In the case of Pennebraker’s Writing Rules, it instructs us to write about our recent or past emotional experiences for twenty minutes a day, for three days straight. 


The practice intends to release us from the prison of negative thoughts. Instead of fighting bad memories, we come to accept them. 

Writing out our anxieties is a tool to cope with their pervasiveness. It opens up the pathway to better accept ourselves.

The image above appears in Susan David’s Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of Discvr.blog and four books.