15 September 2010

Gone by the Wayside: Journaling

What do Winston Churchill, Andrew Carnegie, Theodore Roosevelt, and Sir Edmund Hilary have in common? They were all great men, but they also all kept journals. Journaling is a wonderful reflective and therapeutic practice. It allows one to pour out one's emotions and thoughts privately and it also helps one keep a straight head. Not only that, but it's a great record for posterity.

Keeping a journal enables your descendants to know how you lived. It also allows you to pass on your wisdom for generations. Journaling is great for looking back on those important moments in your life. One day our memory will not be as sharp as it once was and we will thank ourselves for keeping a log of our lives that we can look back on. Journals will remain when we have passed away as a testimony of our legacy.

Journals are also good for self-analysis. When one is weighed down with emotional situations which one must resolve one is often not in one's right mind. Having the chance to look back on one's actions once one's head is cleared will help one to make better decisions in future. Studies have also shown journaling to be beneficial to one's health. It relieves stress and unclutters the mind. The benefits of journaling at uncountable.

One can pick up a journal at most stores, particularly office supply stores and book stores. Journal entries can be as simple as a general log of daily activities or as detailed as a record of the thoughts and emotions that go along with the activities. It's entirely up to the individual. It's a very good habit to get into.

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