5 Reasons You Should Begin Journaling

by Noah James on April 23, 2012 · 0 comments

People have been keeping personal journals for centuries – they are an essential tool for exploring and understanding your inner self, documenting the events of your life, and fostering personal growth. Unsure if keeping a journal is right for you? Let’s take a look at five reasons why you should begin journaling:

1. To Remember Important Events

Capturing important life events as they happen is one of the main reasons people begin journaling. By keeping track of significant dates and events, we are better able to preserve the memory. Have you ever come across an old photograph of yourself and attempted to recall what was going on in your life at that time? Now consider how much easier it would be to evoke those emotions if you found a descriptive note on the back of the photograph. Time has a funny way of modifying or eroding our memories. However, if you write about events as they take place, you will be able to capture the nuances of emotion before they’re washed away with time.

2. To Improve Problem Solving Skills

If you’re faced with a sticky situation, it can be tremendously helpful to write about it. Documenting your thoughts, feelings, and the facts surrounding an issue helps your mind let go of the problem. Once you get it down on paper, it’s easier to evaluate the problem and find a solution.

3. To Heal

Journaling is a great way to work thought frustrations and disappointments. You know how good it feels to talk things out with a trusted friend? You can acquire that same sense of emotional release by writing things down in your journal. Journal entries are a conversation with the one person who unconditionally loves and accepts you for who you are – you. Writing your feelings down frees you from focusing on negative emotions.

4. To Learn More About Yourself

Journaling will give you insight into who you are and what you really think. Since the journal is for your eyes only, you don’t have to worry about impressing others or pretending to enjoy something you don’t particularly like. By allowing your authentic self to come through, you will be able to identify positive character traits to celebrate and negative traits you may want to change. For example, let’s say you consider yourself to be an optimistic person, but after reading a few weeks of past journal entries, you realize that you often dwell on negative thoughts or emotions. By recognizing this, you’re better able to change your behavior. Journals allow us to see things as we really are, as opposed to how we want them to be.

5. To Accomplish Goals

An unwritten goal is merely a wish. By writing your goals down you are taking the first step toward ushering those aspirations into reality. Writing your goals in your journal will help provide clarity about what you really want and motivate you to take action toward achieving that goal.

Now that you know why you should begin journaling, what are you waiting for? Pick up a pen or open a document on your computer and get started! There’s no wrong way to do it. Just write.

About the Author

Noah James hails from the land of tall trees and hops—Portland, Oregon. Having studied psychology in college, along with his passion for web development, you'll find his writing style a bit unique in that it's always taking you some place new. He's tech-junkie at heart, so he writes mainly for the geek in all of us here on In Good Measure. Noah can be contacted through his Google+ Profile.