Emailing Said
'Good For Your Health'

By Sarah Womack
The Telegraph - London

The first study to examine the effect of sending emails shows it has psychological and health benefits.
University students who wrote emails about traumatic experiences, such as the September 11 attacks, were healthier in the weeks that followed than those who wrote about non-emotional topics, or did not send email.
The research, conducted by the psychology department of Texas University, shows that those students who wrote about their feelings and sent the emails reported being sick for significantly fewer days than those who did not, and were less likely to miss class because of an illness.
Erin Brown, a psychologist at the university, said that writing, even if it was only by email, helped foster greater self-clarity and stopped a person internalising stress.
It boosted health and mood, even among pessimistic individuals, and helped a person cope with the stresses of life.
"Sure, email is a fast and convenient form of communication and even a method for proliferating corny jokes and outrageous hoaxes," Ms Brown said.
"But results showed that even when administered through email, emotional writing still produced positive health outcomes. People have always known that talking or writing about their problems helps them feel better psychologically.
"This study provides empirical evidence that written emotional expression is beneficial to physical health, even when conducted through email."

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