The Benefits of Keeping a Journal

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Writing in a journal may not be for everyone, or is it? Some people say a journal is another way of referring to a diary. I don’t know about you, but when I hear the word “diary” I think of a little girl up in her room writing about seeing her secret crush at school. No…but really, a journal can serve many purposes to either help identify concerns, track progress, or to simply express yourself. Whatever the purpose maybe, journaling can be very beneficial as long as the commitment and effort are present.

Journals are inexpensive and can be bought at most retailers that sell books. I received my first journal as a gift for Christmas four years ago. Initially, I sat it somewhere and forgot about it for close to a year, until I decided to record my progress on a few personal goals I set for myself. So I searched for it and I found it! The next thing I knew, I had a gratitude journal and another for goal tracking and spiritual purposes. All of them have been a great way to keep track and even reflect on progress made over time!

Keeping a journal can be very rewarding. If you’re interested, here are a few ideas to get you started:

  1. Weight goals can be tracked by keeping a food or excercise journal.
  2. Personal goal setting is always a great idea and writing a plan is an excellent way to get started!
  3. Gratitude is always in season! Find a way to increase happiness, by appreciating what you have on a daily basis.
  4. Relationships are vital in life. Are you interested in improvement? What steps are you taking? What are your thoughts on the outcome? Create time for reflection.

That’s just a few ideas. Do you have a journal? How is it working for you?

 

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