There is research done showing that writing offers a multitude of benefits to the brain including relaxation and mood modulation. Improving writing skills is shown to improve your overall ability to learn, helping to strengthen neural connections and pushing those who write to think critically in order to put their thoughts into words that others can understand. I personally feel that practicing my writing on a regular basis, even though it was for pleasure and storytelling rather than a more concrete purpose, helped develop my overall skills and improve my abilities as a communicator. In addition to that, as a community, Iwaku gives the opportunity to forge bonds with potentially like-minded people and create friendships (I have made several fast friends here myself). Do you think Iwaku has impacted your life?