Regular exercise is key to losing weight, but, according to a new study published in Psychological Science, women who wrote about their most important values 15 minutes a day lost more weight than those who didn’t.

This makes a lot of sense: thinking about yourself positively and what’s important to you for a concentrated, extended period of time improves your self-image and more thoughtful about what you do. ¬†Thoughtless eating becomes less likely and eating to make yourself feel better becomes unnecessary.

I’ve kept a journal most of my adult life because writing about my thoughts makes me feel good. ¬†I’d like to lose 5 pounds I put on over Christmas; over the next month, I’m going to try this and see if writing is good for my waistline too.

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