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The Benefits of Writing in a Journal Every Day

Updated on March 31, 2017
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Why should you start keeping a journal? Can writing in a journal really make you feel better physically and emotionally?

Keeping a journal can help reduce stress, boost your creativie output, and keep you organized.
Keeping a journal can help reduce stress, boost your creativie output, and keep you organized.

Can writing in a diary make you happier and healthier?

I believe it can, and that’s why I spend at least 20 minutes a day writing in a journal.

A journal is a place to track your creative thoughts, beautiful images, quotes, or other things that inspire you and make you happy is through journaling.

If you have never kept a journal, or think you don't have time to write in a diary every day, here are some good reasons to start journaling:

  • Journaling is good for your mental health.
  • You will become a more thoughtful observer as you start to make notes about the things you like about your surroundings.
  • Writing in a journal at the end of the day can help you debrief and maintain a sense of balance between work related stresses and personal and family related business.
  • A notebook, when stored away and secured properly, is a safer place than an electronic device for keeping track of your private thoughts.
  • Writing in a journal is more expressive than tapping short notes on a PDA or smartphone. You’ll use richer vocabulary to write down your thoughts instead of trying to abbreviate your ideas when you type on a tiny PDA screen.

You don't always have to use a journal for just the  written word. You can tell stories in your diary by drawing sketches or cartoons. Doing a daily mood self-portrait is a creative way to record how you feel from day to day.
You don't always have to use a journal for just the written word. You can tell stories in your diary by drawing sketches or cartoons. Doing a daily mood self-portrait is a creative way to record how you feel from day to day.

What can you write about in a journal or notebook? Your personal journal is a place to keep all of your positive thoughts and creative ideas that can make your quality of life more enjoyable. Here are some things that would be suitable for a private journal or notebook that you write notes in throughout the day, at the end of the day, or even sporadically if that makes it easier for you to keep a journal:

  • Reactions to personal situations and world events
  • Your meal plan and water intake
  • Notes on any exercise or extra activity that you got in during the day
  • Things that you are grateful for
  • Moments of beauty that you noticed throughout the day
  • Personal goals that you're working towards
  • Inspiring quotes
  • Notable figures that you want to learn more
  • Newspaper articles, magazine clippings or images that you come across and want to save: a pretty cancelled stamp, a funny cartoon
  • Pictures from magazines or photos you love
  • Books that you've always wanted to read
  • A compliment that someone gave you that made you feel special
  • A funny joke that you heard
  • Something witty and wonderful that you said that got a good response from a friend or family member
  • Music you’ve heard that you may want to purchase (or reference in a story)
  • Recipes or meal ideas that you want to try
  • Drawings, doodles, diagrams
  • Fashion and wardrobe ideas

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Cracking open a blank notebook and jotting down a few goals is a great way to ease into writing in a journal every day.
Cracking open a blank notebook and jotting down a few goals is a great way to ease into writing in a journal every day.

James W. Pennebaker PhD. is an American social psychologist who studied and written extensively about the positive impact that journaling can have on helping people recover and heal from traumatic life events. In the video below, he discusses the expressive writing and provides an brief introduction into how to start writing expressively.

The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.

— Gustave Flaubert

Do you think that writing in a diary is good for your health? What type of journals do you like to write in: plain and practical ones or fancy, decorative ones?

© 2017 Georgina Jones

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