Keeping secrets can actually harm you. Research showed that people who had a negative experience and kept it a secret later had worse health than those who had a negative experience and talked to somebody about it. I recently wrote about that in an article about expressive writing.
One of my readers (thank you, Raj!) then sent me an email, pointing out this TED Talk about Frank Warren’s project PostSecret.com:
Frank Warren distributed thousands of postcards in 2004 to people with simple instructions on them: to write down a secret they kept and send it to the address on the back of the postcard.
He then publishes these secrets online.
As of now there are more than half a million secrets which he has received and published.
The Huffington Post has selected 10 particularly noteworthy secrets that you can read – maybe you’ll run across one that’ll make your heart beat faster.
Secrets are a part of life.
Some secrets are small and simply ways of making things more convenient.
Some secrets are dark and heavy and can burden us for many years.
But the way you handle your secrets is what can make a huge difference.
By developing emotional maturity you can train yourself to handle secrets in a better, more healthy way.