How To Heal A Broken Heart
A broken heart after a breakup is not just a figurative term. Medical studies have proven that heartbreaks literally hurts your heart, but now science has now figured out how to heal it.
A study out of the University of Arizona says the answer is narrative journaling which basically translates to writing in your dear diary journal. A previous study by the Duke Clinical Research Institute found that the immediate emotional shock of divorce can cause cardiovascular changes like a higher heart rate and lower heart rate variability which increase the likelihood of a heart attack.
The University of Arizona study took three groups and assigned them each different form of writing assignments. Narrative journaling provided a way for the subject to gain understanding of their experience and allow them to move forward.