If you find yourself hoping for a better life or a brighter future, the key to actually making it happen may be at your fingertips – and a pen.Recent studies have shown that by writing down our hopes and desires we organize our goals and prioritize the things that are really most important to us. It also helps to focus our attention and efforts on the things we can do to make our dreams a reality.
And the evidence shows that it can make us happier as a result. Psychologists in America have shown that writing about our dreams for the future can help us become happier. They asked people to write about their future - for 20 minutes a day for four days - imagining that everything had turned out well and all their dreams were realized. People that did so were more likely to feel immediately happier (than people writing about other neutral things) and this effect lasted for several weeks. They even felt better physically too.