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More Proof That Blogging Is Good for You

A few months ago, I hypothesized that blogging could help lawyers beat the blues by giving them a tool to build connections and engage in conversation with others, and in so doing, eradicate the sense of isolation that can serve as a breeding ground for depression. Now, I've learned that there's actually scientific evidence that lends support to my hunch. Over at Lexblog, Kevin O'Keefe points to an article by Jessica Wapner in Scientific American that recognizes the therapeutic value of blogging.  Wapner posits that "self-medication may be the reason that the blogosphere has taken off." Not only can expressive writing like blogging help cope with stress, but it can produce physiological benefits such as improved memory and sleep and a boost in immune cell activity. In addition, blogging may trigger a dopamine release similar to stimulants like music, running and looking at art.

So go ahead and indulge in a daily dose of blogging -- it's good for you!

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on May 28, 2008 at 02:33 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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