Monday, May 22, 2017

8+ Ways Journaling Can Improve Your Life

Why keep a journal?
"To you women of today, who are old or young, may I suggest to you that you write, that you keep journals, that you express your thoughts on paper. Writing is a great discipline. It is a tremendous education effort. It will assist you in various ways, and you will bless the lives of many--now and in the years to come, as you put on paper some of your experiences and some of your musings."

~Gordon B. Hinckley~

I always knew I should keep a journal. For most of my life, though, I thought of it as a have-to-do, the one-more-thing-on-my-list-to-do.

When I became interested in writing, keeping a journal was recommended as an exercise to improve my writing skills. Here are 8 things journaling does for me:

  • Journaling forces me to focus my feelings into words. Solutions often present themselves by the time I finish my entry.
  • It provides details of family events and helps me recover memories.
  • It helps me feel gratitude when I identify ways the Lord has blessed me and my family.
  • It creates my own form of personal scripture when I include testimony of my Savior, moments of inspiration, and tender mercies shown me.
  • Journaling about my kids and grandkids show them how important they are to me.
  • It helps me focus thoughts into goals.
  • It helps me track those goals.
  • Journaling is Magic. It's not just about recording events of the past. It's also a way of making goals happen. It allows me to focus my energy on the positive outcome I desire and has helped bring to pass the desires of my heart. They don't always come as soon as I write them, but they do come.
A neighbor of mine, who suffers from anxiety, mentioned that her journal opened the door for her new husband to understand what she goes through and how to help her. 

More than a blessing--my journal has become a dear, and trusted friend. When I can't burden family or friends I take my problems to my journal.

If you have little time to spend on yourself, journal writing is  one of the best things (aside from sleep, personal hygiene, exercise, and chocolate) you can do for yourself. It's all about you.

What are some benefits you have found?