Journaling – Possibilities, Benefits and Getting Started

Some of the most influential people throughout human history have kept written journals of their lives - the good and the bad, the significant and the barely-registered-on-the-scale events. Whether you call it a journal, a diary, or by some other name, keeping a journal serves important purposes.

First - a journal can serve as a permanent record for posterity. Imagine how valuable it would be to find a journal of your parents, your grandparents, or even farther back in your family's see their handwriting, read their thoughts, better understand them through their descriptions of their lives and emotions.

Second - a journal can serve as a "relief valve" for strong emotions - both good and bad. Having a place to get what's going on in your mind and heart out and down on paper can give you a release, and it can also help you process, evaluate and manage those emotions.

Check out the articles in our category index below - I'm sure there's one or more of them that will help you with your own process of journaling. Enjoy!

Thinking tends to be very sequential; one thought leading to the next, which leads to the next. You get caught in a linear track and miss out on the bird’s-eye view of the whole thought process. With journaling, you gain the ability to see things from a third person view versus a first-person view.

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Dreams can be powerful messages about problems or stresses in your life. If you have regular dreams about the same situation over and over, being trapped or running late or being shamed in public, your subconscious is trying to tell you something – and you should listen.

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The latest research has found that doodling is a powerful tool for increasing your creativity, focus, and cognitive capacity.

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You can record the events of your everyday life, plan a vacation, analyze
your dreams or use a bullet journal to organize your life’s tasks and activities.

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Keeping a dream journal will allow you to capture the essence of your dreams and see patterns in the messages coming from your subconscious. Here are five simple steps you can take to start keeping a record of your dreams.

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You’ve heard about the many benefits of journaling. You may have even bought yourself a beautiful journal, all ready to get going. But maybe it’s proving to be a little harder to start than you thought it would be.

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