The Amazing Benefits of Journaling

We all want to do those things that benefit our lives, don’t we?

Drinking more quality water is good for our brain and heart, detoxes our body, and elevates our total well-being. So it benefits us to get smart about water.

Journaling is a proven practice which multiples value … affecting almost everything in our lives. We start with vigor and resolve. Then, for whatever reasons, we stop. Our pattern of inconsistency eventually deadens our journaling initiatives.

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Get in touch with what’s happening on the inside

This is a core benefit of journaling. We come to a good place in life when we understand that, for good or bad, life is lived from the inside out. What’s happening on the inside does not stay there. It comes out, shaping the life we live and our personal world. Our internal state creates our external state.

We can understand this and still miss something important. If we’re not connected with what’s happening in our inner world, we will not live our best life. And of course all of this affects our relationships, finances, and even our well-being.

Journaling creates a space in our noisy lives to do interior work. Anger is one of those root emotions that seeds other emotions in our life. Why are we angry with that person? What happened in that situation that ignited anger? It’s healthy to step back, reflect, and think about how we’re thinking!

Personal writing is a powerful practice to help us get in touch with our emotions.

Process what has happened

What is the bigger story? Understand context

What am I learning?

Question everything

Boost your self-discipline

Everything is connected. Our lives are an integrated whole. As we’re disciplined in one area, it spills over into other areas of our lives. Writing is a discipline. And discipline begets discipline. It’s like a muscle—the more we exercise it, the stronger and more effective it becomes.

 

 

Setting time aside to write, whether morning or evening, is an act of discipline. And discipline begets discipline. Like a muscle, the more you exercise it, the stronger it becomes. And habits formed in one area of life have a tendency to spread; as keeping your office clean leads to keeping the bedroom tidy, your daily practice of writing will domino onto other healthy habits.