Want help finding your bliss? Since I’ve kept a journal since the age of 12 and am a writer by profession, maybe I’m biased. All the same, I’m a firm believer in keeping a journal to help you find happiness.
When I was a teen, I wrote in my diary every day. These days I’m not quite so studious, but I still write in a journal about once a month. And of course, I share my thoughts and feelings on a regular basis in this blog.
In my opinion, the benefits of writing in a journal cannot be overstated. Science just so happens to support this belief. Journaling has been proven to improve mental and physical health.
Do you need more inspiration to put pen to paper? Here are five reasons to help you get started:
- Journaling helps you learn about yourself. By regularly recording your thoughts and feelings you can gain insight into your behaviors and moods. You’ll get to know who and what makes you happy and what situations and people to avoid. Consequently, journaling will help you avoid repeating mistakes which leads to increased self-esteem and personal growth.
- Writing can help you express sadness, fear, pain, or anger, releasing the intensity of these feelings. That makes journaling an important tool for your emotional well-being and stress reduction. You’ll find it easier to cope with life and work through frustrations by writing them down. In addition, journaling can help you heal from grief and loss. Trust me, it’s a wonderful outlet!
- Journaling can be used for problem-solving and resolving disagreements with others. Writing about misunderstandings can help you understand another person’s perspective, clarify issues, and come up with sensible resolutions. When we record significant lessons we’ve learned in life, we gain a deeper understanding, insight, and hopefully some wisdom to help us with future problems.
- Keeping a journal helps you remember important events and hang on to feelings and memories that would otherwise fade or be lost altogether. In addition, you’ll be able to keep track of personal triumphs so that when a seemingly impossible situation arises, you’ll be reminded that you have overcome dilemmas in the past and can do so again. As a result, you’ll find motivation and strength from your earlier successes.
- Journals are a great place to outline your plans, ideas, goals, and dreams. When you write, things come to light that, for some reason, don’t when you talk or think about them. Committing to your goals in writing keeps them in front of you and makes success more likely.
Have I given you enough inspiration to consider keeping a journal? Those are just five reasons – if you research the Internet you can find plenty more.
In my next blog, I’ll give you some ideas on how you can get started and different methods of journaling available today. Which one is best for you? Stay tuned. Whichever form of journaling you choose, your writing will benefit you personally and can prove enlightening to anyone you choose to share your thoughts with – so what are you waiting for? Start writing!