10 Reasons Why You Need to Journal

DSCN2381I’m not alone in having experienced the power of journaling.   Some say it has kept them sane.  Others attest that it has helped them discern huge decisions.  Still others say it has moved them forward during difficult times.

For me, it is just how I think.

Here are 10 reasons why you should journal:

1) It is cheap therapy: just paper and pen.

2) You can be yourself…with no one looking over your shoulder.  (Just don’t judge yourself either!)

3) Your writing will improve.

4) You will become more mindful and present in your life.

5) Your self-knowledge and compassion of others will increase.

6) You can work out your problems faster by getting them out of your head and looking at them from a distance.

7) You can strengthen your own voice by exploring what you think, feel, value and understand.

8) You can pass on your life lessons to future generations.

9) You can make changes in your life, such as focusing more on the positive, celebrating tiny and big steps forward, and exploring why you do what you do, and what you would like to do instead.

10) You can get all that “stuff” out of your head!

I realize writing isn’t for everyone, but for those who do keep journals, it has often been a lifesaver.    To help encourage more folks to journal, I will be dedicating a number of posts to the topic of journaling, including “how-to’s” and journal prompts.

Do you journal and would like to share your story?  Send me a guest post! or link a post in the comment section.

Happy Journaling!


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About SFriant

I live to walk with others on their journeys - because everyone needs to know that they are loved, that they matter, and that they are doing amazing things. I'm a lot like our two kids: obsessed with learning, and constantly creating.
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4 Responses to 10 Reasons Why You Need to Journal

  1. lisa says:

    I love the idea of journaling but every time I try (too many times to count), I can’t seem to make a habit out of it. Making time for it is my issue. Maybe I should try again.

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