Infographic: How writing affects your brain

This infographic explains how writing helps your memory, how your brain reacts when it hears a story, why clichés are forgettable and more.

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Did you know writing affects your brain in a way similar to meditation?

When you write, your breathing slows and you enter a “zone,” which allows your words to flow more freely, an infographic from says.

The infographic illustrates how writing affects the brain, and shares other interesting facts, like why stories are so memorable and clichés are not. Here are a few takeaways:

1. Writing helps your memory. When you write with pen and paper, you stimulate your brain’s reticular activating system (RAS). This system filters all of the information your brain needs to process, and tells your brain to pay more attention to your writing.

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