Journaling is something that carries a ton of benefits. If you don’t keep a journal, you should consider keeping one. Here are 5 benefits that come from keeping a journal.
According to a report by University of Victoria, keeping a journal can improve your IQ. This is because writing is related to intelligence. Keeping a journal creates the need to learn new words to better express yourself, improving your vocabulary. And vocabulary is a really important component in intelligence tests. And who doesn’t like to be smarter.
Keeping a journal helps nurture creativity, especially when done early in the day, right after you wake up. It’s useful to write without giving it too much thought, simply letting your creativity flow in a stream of consciousness. Journaling can help writers overcome writer’s block, bringing together ideas and thoughts that you never knew you had. Journaling helps strengthen your creative muscles and get what’s in your noggin’ down on paper.
Whenever you write about a positive experience, your brain relives it, resulting in the release of dopamine and endorphins in your system, improving your mood and general wellbeing. So now we’re smarter and happier, cool.
Writing about bad experiences helps bring healing. Once you have journaled for a certain amount of time, you accumulate a catalogue of your personal life journeys, something you can go back to over and over again. But it is important to be patient and consistent when it comes to your journaling. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and it will take time to collect a sizeable journaling collection. Just set aside some time for journaling on a regular basis and stick to your schedule.
People who journal on a regular basis achieve greater motivation to accomplish their goals. This is because writing about your goals regularly helps fix them not only in your conscious mind but in your subconscious as well. However, it is important to use journaling as a way to propel yourself into action. You won’t achieve your goals by simply writing about them. You have to get out there and take action. But writing about them will help you in this journey. It will help you figure out what exactly it is that you want and how you are going to go about getting it.
According to research, journaling helps reduce stress. It helps you gather your thoughts. It increases focus, offers more stability and deepens your learning. It helps release pent up emotions and empowers you to make sense of your own life and experiences. It helps you reflect on the events of your life, let the bad go and make the most out of the good.