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
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.