Why we blog

Tom James @ 02-03-2009

geeseResearchers at the University of Missouri have discovered that writing about emotional trauma increases your sense of well being:

Researchers asked 49 college students to take two minutes on two consecutive days and write about something they found to be emotionally important. The student saw immediate rise in mood and performed better on standardized measures of physiological well-being.

One of the key points of the study was that the length of time spent writing required to achieve beneficial effects was lower than previously thought.

As with keeping a diary, getting your thoughts down in text can be an aid to happiness as well as helping with your writing ability.

[via Jon Taplin][image from zenera on flickr]


Happy Holidays from Futurismic!

Paul Raven @ 24-12-2008

Hi folks; well, it’s Christmas Eve here in the dismal and overcast south coast of the UK, and I’m soon heading off to the train station to make my way to a family get-together, as I imagine many of you will be as well (if you haven’t already).

I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for following Futurismic this year. I’ve not quite had a full twelve months in the driving seat, but it feels pretty close to it at the moment! This year has seen us crank up the fiction and non-fiction output, and seen lots of new readers and commenters arriving, all of which has been immensely satisfying for me – and Jason’s story being picked up for an anthology was the icing on the cake.

If all goes to plan, 2009 should be even better for Futurismic, and I very much hope you’ll all stick around to see it. But enough of that; I’m going to take a few days off from the site for the holidays, so I thought I’d stop by to wish you all whatever sort of end-of-year happiness fits your particular belief system. Have a great time, and look after yourselves!

All the best…

Paul Raven