Mindstead - Word Chain

About This Tool

This tool is intended for anyone who would like to use writing to process their thoughts and emotions, but who may not have a lot of time. This tool can be used anytime, and may be especially beneficial first thing in the morning or before sleep. It takes two minutes to complete, but you can extend the practice if you'd like. The download includes 1 PDF document with instructions. 

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Why It Works

This word chain tool is based on free association, which has been used for centuries to help people process their thoughts and emotions. 

There is a large body of research that shows expressive writing has beneficial effects on emotional and physical health. There are a number of books on the subject by James Pennebaker and others. See the following meta-analysis for a summary of the early expressive writing research:

Frattaroli, J. (2006). Experimental disclosure and its moderators: a meta-analysis. Psychological bulletin, 132(6), 823.

Word chains are similar to expressive writing, but differ in that you do not write in paragraph form.

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