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Narrative Journaling Showing Promise for Cardiac Health After Divorce

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According to a study published in Psychosomatic Medicine (May 8, 2017), University of Arizona researchers found that journaling using a structured framework helps to lower blood pressure. The investigators studied 109 separated or divorced men and women, splitting them into three groups to write for 20 minutes each day (traditional expressive writing, narrative expressive writing, and a non-emotion writing). Study subjects who were in the narrative expressive writing group experienced a lower heart rate and a higher heart rate variability which is linked to better heart health. For more details on the study, read the Cardiovascular Business article.