Some of the most influential people throughout human history have used written journals to document and explore 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 history...to 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 relief, and it can also help you process, evaluate, and manage those emotions.

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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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Keeping a journal is not just for recording the events of your life, or how
you’re feeling at a specific time. It can also be a way of kickstarting or supporting your creative life. It’s a minimally risky, private-as-you-want way…

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Journaling is an increasingly popular and effective way of managing your day-to-day stress levels. Here’s how you can put it to work in your life.

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Journals are not just for recording your innermost thoughts, your dreams, or the events of the day. Using a journal can be a powerful way to ignite your professional development and help you achieve your goals.

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Keeping a journal can be one of the most powerful tools at your disposal for working through issues, unburdening your problems, and connecting with your authentic self.

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Keeping a bullet journal can make your life more organized, more efficient, and more fun. Here are some basic tips to help make it easier to get started.

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It might seem like a pipe dream (or just a little woo-woo) that writing in a journal could be so beneficial. But the scientific evidence is in, and gratitude journals DO benefit you in big ways if you keep one for the long term and use it daily.

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When you begin journaling, it will occur to you that having more than one type of journal could be a wonderful way to keep everything organized. Keep reading for inspiration into 10 different types of journals you can create for your own use.

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A fantastic way to ensure that journaling works for you are to do it long term. Long-term journaling gives you more insight into your life because you’ll be able to look to the past, present, and even the future (sort of) to get answers in your life.

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Life can get overwhelming and your emotions can run high when you are battling with demons. Feeling stuck trying to solve a problem that seems unsolvable?

One of the most-used tools of therapists or consultants is journaling. Journaling is one of the most effective ways to create clarity and calm out of chaos and confusion.

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It really doesn’t matter what emotional challenge you’re facing – if you want to overcome it and start feeling better, you can find a way to use journaling to help. You can set up a particular type of journal like a gratitude journal to help yourself become more thankful for what you do have.

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Stress affects everyone at some time in their lives. For some people, it’s more of a problem with their genetics, and for some, it’s due to their situation. Whatever the reason you are stressed, congratulations on recognizing it and wanting to do something about it.

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Keeping any type of journal on a consistent basis will improve your mental health in both the short-term and over the longer term.  However, if you
really want to tackle a specific problem you’re having, related to your mental health, it will help to determine the right type of journal to keep.

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Any type of journal that you keep can result in positive effects in your life and habits, but more effective journaling – actually making changes happen and “stick” – helps you gain results faster and more consistently.

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We lovable, quirky, perfectly imperfect human beings are also creatures of habit. Even for people who love change, change is the habit we must be intentional about not missing opportunities to improve our lives.

It takes deliberate, focused, positive action to engage creativity and think out of the box. Journaling is a fantastic way to jumpstart your creativity and think out of the box.

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Journaling can help you achieve your goals because it’ll force you to think about them, consider the why and how, and venture deeper into the situation so that you can examine all sides of it.

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The act of creating a journal, whatever form it might take, is one avenue for self-care. The act of reviewing your entries is another. There is much to be gained from reviewing your journals as time goes by.

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No matter your age, you can continue to expand your mind and learn new things, skills, and concepts. You can use journaling as a way of increasing your personal success factor.

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Journaling is a great way to express yourself – you can unload the burdens of the day, organize your thoughts, and unburden your mind while enhancing your emotional wellness.

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Depending on the outcome you desire from journaling, you can design, create and manifest (i.e. make real) a journaling practice that accommodates your unique, spiritually authentic needs, and your personal preferences and habits.

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Adding something new to your daily routine can be challenging, but it’s helpful to know what the benefits of the change are or will be to help motivate you to make the change and make it “stick.”

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Habits take 21 to 28 days to develop – starting and continuing a journaling habit can bring consistent positive results – go ahead and get started with these tips!

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Making the decision to start a journal is easier than actually journaling. Get helpful tips on how to start and different methods of journaling.

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Whether you are planning out a new business, processing your thoughts in a safe place or creating a documentary record of your journey through life, journaling is an effective way to sort through life’s challenges and questions and create new outcomes.

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