Lyn Alderson

Copywriter, Journalist, Blogger

The power tool of expressive writing: How keeping a journal can make you happier, healthier and more productive


Something pretty amazing happened to me about 10 years ago, which I’d like to briefly share with you.

I’d been through a divorce three years earlier, and was getting back on my feet, but I missed having someone special in my life.

One day I went to visit a friend who was another self-employed businesswoman, and she was keen that we went through a written exercise together. Anna wanted us both (separately) to write down a vision for our life as we would like it to be in five years’ time.

A vision for the future

pretty journal.jpeg“Write it in the present tense”, she urged me. “Just imagine a scenario of how you want your life to be, and write it down as if it’s happening, as if you’re living it”

So I said a prayer, closed my eyes and thought for a moment. Then I wrote about sitting outside, having lunch with my husband, in the garden of our country house. I was really happy with this man, who absolutely adored me, and we were having lunch with my children (who are both in their twenties). The vision also spoke of business matters, but I won’t go into that.

The incredible thing is, I joined a dating agency six months later, and met my husband Pete, who is a farmer! Now when I wrote my vision down, I was living in Kidderminster, in the town (and I’d always lived in urban areas- never in a rural setting). It was almost comical, as I’d written something about “My husband has been successful in his field”. (God has a sense of humour!)

At home in the country

So within a very short time, my vision started to materialise. I now live in a lovely old farmhouse in beautiful Shropshire, with a man I truly love- and I’m so grateful for this blessing in my life.

So why am I telling you this? Because there’s POWER in writing stuff down. It focuses your mind and helps you to find your direction in life. And writing is a process that can help to heal the past. This has been verified by psychologists in more than 300 academic studies over the past 30 years.

I’ve now written an e-book as an introduction to expressive writing techniques and it’s only 48 pages long- so if you’d like to know more about the benefits of journaling, you can get an overview of the subject in 90 minutes or less.

To find out more about my e-book, The Write Therapy:  How Keeping a Journal Can Make You Happier, Healthier and More Productive (and read a short sample), click here





2 thoughts on “The power tool of expressive writing: How keeping a journal can make you happier, healthier and more productive

  1. Really enjoyed reading this 🙂

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