We can all agree that electronic media devices have eaten up a large space of prints media, yet our simple ‘black and white’ cannot be replaced with anything in the world no matter how hard technology tries. Internet, smartphones, and social media cannot see the end of keeping journals. (All I’m saying!)
The humble act of writing is bestowed with therapeutic benefits including creativity, promoting self knowlege and reduction of stress.
If you are wondering how all this is possible by mere scribling, get in here for 5 ways you can live a better life by keeping a journal:
1. Unplug and Recharge
The least 20 minutes of writing one’s thoughts helps to withdraw from the long time invested in our gadgets to refresh and recharge.
Recent studies have found that even with the advent of social media, increasing number of teen girls are choosing to unplug and enjoy the benefits of keeping traditional diaries.
2. Gratitude Journaling
Ever heard the saying; “Happiness is wanting what you have.” Take time to appreciate what you have rather than focusing on what you don’t — by keeping a gratitude journal.
As fetish as it might sound, take time to write all you have everyday and see how happier it will make you.
3. Stress Relief
Writing in a diary can reduce stress. Organizing ones’ thoughts in a journal can help facilitate problem-solving and therefore reduce the stress of negative thoughts and troubling situations.
Research on college students has found that many turn to journal-writing following times of emotional hardship rather than other types of writing as diaries have commonly been used as a form of emotional release.
4. Positive Thinking
Journaling can help you to “throw away” negative thoughts.
According to a study published last year in the journal Psychological Science, writing thoughts down and physically throwing them in the garbage can be an effective way to clear your mind.
Philosopher and psychologist William James once said, “If you can change your mind, you can change your life” — and journal-writing can help you do just that. Writing about the ups and downs of your daily life can help you to get perspective on your experiences and find lessons in them.
Keeping a journal is a constant and clear way to remind yourself that YOU and nobody else are the author of your own life story.