The beginning of a new year often inspires self-reflection. Journaling is an excellent way to capture this inspiration, track our emotions, or cultivate a routine toward mindfulness. Benjamin P. Hardy posted an excellent article on Medium about the many benefits of daily journaling as a keystone habit. Here is an excerpt:
Journaling Clears Your Emotions
Several research studies have found that writing in your journal reduces stress.These benefits include:
- Reducing scatter in your life
- Increased focus
- Greater stability
- Deeper level of learning, order, action, and release
- Holding thoughts still so they can be changed and integrated
- Releasing pent-up thoughts and emotions
- Bridging inner thinking with outer events
- Detaching and letting go of the past
- Allowing you to re-experience the past with today’s adult mind
When you are in an intensely emotional mood, journaling can help you more fully experience and understand those emotions.
After you’ve vented on the pages of your journal, you’ll quickly find a release. Objectivity will return and you’ll be able to move forward.
Without a journal, intense emotional experiences can be crippling for hours, days, and even years. However, an honest and inspired journal session can be the best form of therapy.
Journaling Increases Your Gratitude
Even if you start a journal session in a bad mood, the insight writing brings has a subtle way of shifting your mind towards gratitude.
When you start writing what you’re grateful for, new chambers of thought open in the palace of your mind. You’ll often need to put your pen down and take a few overwhelming breathes. You’ll be captivated not only by the amazing things in your life, but by the awe and brilliance of life in general.
As part of your morning and post-work journaling sessions, be sure to include some gratitude in your writing. It will change your entire life orientation from scarcity to abundance. The world will increasingly become your oyster.
Gratitude journaling is a scientifically proven way to overcome several psychological challenges. The benefits are seemingly endless. Here are just a few:
- Makes you happier
- Makes you healthier
- Strengthens your emotions
- Makes you more optimistic
- Increases your energy levels
- Helps you bounce back from challenges
- Makes you feel good
- Makes your memories happier
- Reduces feelings of envy
- Helps you relax
- Makes you friendlier
- Increases your goal achievement
- Improves your decision making
- Increases your productivity
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