5 rea­sons... you should keep a di­ary

Let­ting your in­ner teen run riot on pa­per could be the key to bet­ter health and per­sonal hap­pi­ness

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1‘Jour­nal­ing It can help you heal helps us turn life ex­pe­ri­ences into wis­dom,’ says Mo See­tub­tim, founder of the hap­pi­ness plan­ner. es­pe­cially those sit­u­a­tions in which we ex­pe­ri­ence heart­break or trauma. ‘oth­er­wise, we may go on with our day-to-day with­out re­flect­ing on what we’ve learned and how we can im­prove.’

2 It al­lows you to ap­pre­ci­ate your Suc­cesses We’re al­ways fo­cus­ing on our fail­ures in­stead of our gains, but writ­ing down a daily log of what you did well to­day al­lows you to re­ally see your growth. Be­gin by writ­ing the big ones you re­mem­ber, then reg­u­larly jot down small suc­cesses that oc­cur dur­ing the week. As you pay at­ten­tion, your list will grow and in­spire you.

3 It can give you per­spec­tive ‘Jour­nal­ing is a great way to be­come more con­scious of our own thoughts and ac­tions,’ says Mo. ‘Most of the time we do things on au­topi­lot and don’t even re­alise that we may have done things a cer­tain way or looked at sit­u­a­tions a cer­tain way out of pat­terns we’ve built.’

4 It boosts your Mood Keep­ing your pos­i­tive thoughts noted in one list means you have a go-to self-help kit for when you’re feel­ing low. we like to write a com­pli­ments list. It’s not vain – it’s a much-needed dose of feel­good on dark days.

5 It could be good For your health In a 2016 study, one group of hos­pi­tal pa­tients were asked to jour­nal their ex­pe­ri­ences while the oth­ers weren’t. Those that kept a di­ary showed a sig­nif­i­cant boost to their im­mune sys­tem, thought to have been cre­ated by help­ing struc­ture anx­ious thoughts. And if you snack on Brazil nuts while jour­nal­ing, you’ll be giv­ing your­self a dose of brain-boost­ing se­le­nium. Win­ning.

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