Should You Keep A Journal?




Let me start this post by sharing a quote from the famous Scottish novelist and playwright, J.M. Barrie: “The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story and writes another, and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it.”

A lot of people enjoy keeping a journal for various reasons. Personally, I am a big fan of journaling. I find happiness in jotting down thoughts on a random basis. In fact, I always carry my journal or any notebook with me wherever I go. It can be comforting to have a paper to write on every time something exciting happens in my life.

There are hundreds of reasons why it is significant to own a journal. Let me share some advantages of having one:

It makes you feel more aware of your emotions.

“Journaling is great for enhancing self-awareness through helping us detect and track patterns of behavior, thoughts, and feelings.” Alison Stone, LCSW, said. The entries in the journal are usually free-flowing. As such, it gives you an opportunity to write anything that comes to your mind. It can be anything under the sun. Just keep on writing about the different emotions in your daily life until you see a pattern. The journal can help you know what usually makes you sad, what excites you or gives you joy.


It helps you process things.

One of the most crucial things that people do every single day is making decisions. Everyone has lots of options to choose from. This can be very confusing, especially if you want to take all the choices presented before you. When this happens, the best thing to do is to use a journal to help you in making a decision. Writing about your thoughts, on a regular basis, can guide you to make better choices in the future. The entries in the journal can be used as a reference.


It allows you to keep track of special moments.

A journal can also be used as a repository of all the beautiful events or special moments that take place in your life. “Some have found it valuable to keep journals and then go back and read them to see how far they have progressed.” says Kathy Hardie-Williams, NCC, LPC, LMFT. Feel free to doodle on its pages together with the essential details you want to remember. The illustrations will help you remember what exactly happened while you were writing in the journal. Keep in mind that the best time to journal is when you are happy.


It takes your stress away.




There are days when you may find yourself in a complete struggle of finding your happiness. A good example of this is when you get your heart broken. Nothing will ever ease the pain that you would feel during this time. However, writing about it in the journal can help you understand the situation more. It will help you see the bigger picture of the suffering or misfortune. The process of writing can be therapeutic too. “Happy people make healthier choices,” explains Scott Glassman, PsyD.

I started writing on my journals when I was still in high school. Until now, I still use journaling to help me process my emotions as well as to remind me of how fast feelings can change. There are times when I would read my old journal entries to remind myself of how far I’ve gotten.



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Ross Rodriquez

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