As a writer you may already keep a journal, or diary, and that’s excellent. For those who don’t as well as those who do I want to explore some of the exciting benefits of keeping one that you may not have realised.
It is important to incorporate journaling into your daily life. The purpose of a journal is to draw out what is within you. Journaling is a wonderful process because it combines both left brain and right brain activities and synthesizes both experiences. Writing tends to be logical and sequential. Yet, when you get lost in it, your right brain creativity kicks in.
My strong opinion is always that the handwritten journal is in fact a lot better than the online blog. So get the pen out of the dusty drawer and give the keyboard a rest. You will discover more feelings and subconscious thoughts by handwriting your journal entries. Writing on the computer releases too much technical writing for a personal journal whereas handwritten entries tap into inner emotions more freely.
Journals are nothing new, they have been around for centuries. Everyone knows about Anne Frank of course, and the two years she spent hiding from the Nazis, and historians can never forget about Samuel Pepys, whose diary provided us a glimpse of what life was like back in 17th Century London. But why did these people keep an account of their daily lives? Why does anyone? It’s certainly not for preserving history.
Truth is, there are many reasons and benefits people write about the day-to-day happenings of their lives. Some of them are:
Journals are a great way to keep track of dates, places, and events that you wish to include in your scrapbooks. You can use a special notebook, PDA, or a calendar to keep track of your scrapbooking ideas.
Journal keeping is basically without rules. It is an uncensored invitation to cut and paste, sketch and chart, and to visualize and unravel every great and small thought. At its most basic it is a decision that your life has value.
Everyone knows what a journal is. Some people keep journals as teenagers, others write in them regularly throughout their lives. And almost all of us know what therapy is. Physical therapy helps improve muscles and joints. And mental therapy helps improve emotions, feelings and the mind. But when these two things come together to create Journal Therapy, what exactly does that mean?
Journals are a great creative outlet for writing and drawing. As an activity for children and adults, everyone in your family can be encouraged to keep their own individual journals, and also a family journal can be kept with everyone having some input about what to put in it.
“If you’re serious about becoming a wealthy, powerful, sophisticated, healthy, influential, cultured and unique individual, keep a journal. Don’t trust your memory. When you listen to something valuable, write it down. When you come across something important, write it down” – Jim Rohn, America’s foremost business philosopher
Whether we are dealing with a career change, divorce, loss of a parent, empty nest, or simply the urging to expand our horizon, journal writing is an effective way to navigate the change.