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date: 24 May 2019

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This chapter discusses the importance that stories have in our lives and how the creation of coherent personal narratives is important for well-being and a relevant topic for positive psychology. There is solid research evidence about the benefits of expressive writing on mental health, particularly for people who have experienced trauma, and analyses of people´s choice of words in their writing can be useful in predicting depression and suicidal risk. Studies also show how writing can help us deal with adversity in the present and dream of better futures. Expressive writing can have beneficial effects on physical health, as it has an impact on immune function and cardiovascular health; writing is also associated with higher subjective well-being in patients with a variety of chronic diseases. Expressive writing has also been found to improve interpersonal relationships in schools and in work settings, and it can be helpful for couples who are struggling with their relationship and for individuals who have gone through a break-up. In the final section, the chapter presents a list of positive psychology interventions that are use writing to increase well-being.

Keywords: writing, narrative, stories, expressive writing, positive psychology, positive interventions, well-being

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