Journaling helps promote self growth


Getting thoughts down on paper can be a difficult process, but it is therapeutic. Many people have a million things rolling through their brain throughout the day and sometimes it can be impossible not to get confused or stressed. Writing down those thoughts and desires can be helpful because a person is able to track what they are thinking. Journaling has become increasingly popular as the world’s lack of consistency is beginning to become normal. 

For people who don’t have as much time on their hands to spill all of their hopes and dreams into a diary, the journaling community has created an easy solution. The five minute journal is as simplistic as it comes. It is filled with daily affirmations, goals for the day, self reflection and positive quotes. The cornerstone of  the five minute journal is discussing gratitude. Researchers Robert Emmons and Michael McCullough have found that daily gratitude journaling can improve the quality of people’s sleep, strengthen relationships with those around us, influence one’s personal joy as well as lower the symptoms of physical pain and anxiety. These journals allow for people to start their morning positively and then end their day by looking back to see if they achieve what they wanted. This is a great way to start journaling because it can allow a person to get into the routine of writing and become comfortable with being vulnerable. 

Journaling is the best way to track growth but it also  paves the road to self reflection. No person is perfect and everyone has room to become better, whether it is learning to love one’s flaws as well as working to stop looking for other’s faults. Journaling provides its users an opportunity to learn more about themself. Self reflection is a great way to switch mindsets as well as establish a greater connection with oneself. Dr. Geil Browning is known for his research on the effects of self reflection. He describes it as, “A deeper form of learning that allows us to retain every aspect of any experience, be it personal or professional — why something took place, what the impact was, whether it should happen again — as opposed to just remembering that it happened. It’s about tapping into every aspect of the experience, clarifying our thinking, and honing in on what really matters to us.” Self reflection is the greatest way for a person to improve but also understand their thoughts and effect of their actions.

Another great practice people have been using with journaling is manifestation. Picturing life before it happens and visualizing goals is a very powerful method that journalers use. The law of attraction has persuaded many people to begin journaling. Studies done on manifesting and the law of attraction have found that it has led to the “rewiring” of people’s brains. After they begin to practice it, people have found that they see more positivity, abundance and success in their lives. 

Journaling has grown in popularity in the recent years because of its success rate. Celebrities, influencers and everyday people discuss journaling’s ability to change their  lives. They have also shared how self reflection has given them the ability to grow. Sometimes journaling can be hard to get into but there are easy ways to start. People can begin with writing down a single positive affirmation or thought for the day then continue on from there. Journaling is an easy way to learn more and grow an intimate relationship with oneself.

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