The Power of Journaling

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I have always dabbled in journaling over the years, but I never stayed committed to it for very long. It wasn’t until fairly recently, when a friend mentioned her own love of journaling, that I began to commit to it once again.

My journal entries aren’t long essays that depict each day, but more like little blurbs of thought, stories, doodles, and poetry. My journal entries are true to who I am as a person.

Why I love journaling.

Writing in a journal allows me to put difficult thoughts on paper, and gives me the ability to see things more clearly. Sometimes seeing something on paper gives you a whole new and positive perspective on a situation, especially when it is something that is troubling you. It also is just a place where I can rant about something I need to get out, without worrying about who I am speaking to or what I should or shouldn’t say. It is a place where I can be completely honest, even about the hardest things.

Journals provides written memories

Reading an old journal is like a trip down memory lane. You get to experience the emotions you felt during specific moments in your life, and read through how you perceived the situation during that time. Its important to remember the good and bad of life, and to feel every emotion at its fullest. Journaling is the best way to do that, I believe.

What is a ‘one-line’ journal

I found this journal called a ‘one-line’ journal at Barnes and Noble a few years back, during one of my weekly book-snooping adventures. Based off a beloved book of mine The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin, it is a small journal that provides a line for each day of the year to write down a short little comment, preferably a happy/good one, about that day.

I keep this book by my bedside, so that each night I can spend a relaxing 5-10 mins just reflecting on my day and writing a memorable sentence about it. Each page of the journal has 5 lines on it for each day, so that for 5 years you can continue writing one line every day. I always enjoy looking back on what I did on a specific day a year or two ago. Sometimes my entries are serious, other times they just say that I got coffee and ate food all day.

 

Try and pick up a notebook, there are so many fun and inspiring ones to fit every body, and just write…don’t think. It is amazing what can come out when you just put pen to paper, and are just honest with the page. Doodle even if that is what you are feeling.

 

 “The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life”

-William Morris

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Author: elementsofhill

Feminist, coffee enthusiast, writer.

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