I have kept a daily journal for over 20 years now. When I first started, I wrote for hours each day trying to figure out my life and sort out my past. Gradually, it became the place where I could vent my feelings and thoughts and find clarity in my life. I realized through time that I process things of the heart best through writing by hand (not typing). So, the journal has become my friend in whom I confide my deepest heart processes. Some of this finds its way into writing that I share with others, but it is not the original reason why I write.
I have, and I do. No, it doesn't help me control my moods--which tend to be extreme--but it does help me recognize patterns that lead to my moods, such as the triggers that set me off. It also helps me see clearly my negative thinking patterns, which makes it easier to get myself on a more positive path.
Yes, it did. It took a while. I had to get a lot of steady entries before I could see a pattern, but two did emerge. I wrote every day for twelve weeks (Just an arbitrary date. Yours could be shorter.) then I went back and read over all the entries and highlighted the insights I found.
I kept a paper one for many years growing up. For a long time, it would often help me work out my thoughts and feelings or just put me at peace to get things out on paper. Now I find that I can work out a lot of those thoughts and feelings by talking with others. I do blog online almost every day, but it isn't the same.
Writing was therapeutic for me since I was 14 yrs. old. Keeping a daily journal helped me because I could spill my thoughts onto paper or blog, read it over later, and gain greater meaning from it. I choose this instead of telling someone else because the paper doesn't get offended. :-P
I was also most stable when I was journaling/blogging. I write down my dreams and use the journal as much as I possibly can. I probably own too many of them but journaling is something I really love to do.
I should have, however would have had to spend half my life writing it all. Not that I didn't think of it but I would not carry a notebook as I would not carry a camera. What it does is create a narrow context for the experience of reality, so that it is not objective, and one will only notice that which applies.
yes, as a matter of fact, i have kept several. and i still have them and maybe one day i will dig them out dust them off and see if i would like to share themm. one i began at age 9 and it lasted till i was 12. it chronicled those wonder years of my early youth... then i kept one from the time my daughter wsa 11 until she was about 21. after that my life was 'too busy' to pursue my passion.
Yes, I kept a paper one for a few years when I was about 19. Sadly it largely ended up consisting of a day by day account of my regular beatings from my boyfriend/later fiance/later lover (after he arranged to marry an ex behind my back.) He discovered my diary on one occasion and it caused a major row. Later the same diary got me into yet more trouble again when a landlord found it under my bed and read it, and discovered I had commented on his constant attempts to seduce me and how I would have to move out if it didn't stop. He went mad about it too. To cut a long story short when I was finally free and content again I literally binned it, although now I wish I had kept it just to show my family what it was like day to day dating my ex, and living the tough life where you never seem to be able to earn enough to survive alone, (I lived on toast for weeks at a time so I could pay the rent, and this was back in about 1990).
I have kept a journal since I was about 8 or 0 years old. I credil journaling with maintaining my sanity through what proved to be quite a tumultous childhood/adolestance. I would recommend it for anyone...at any age! I stil journal though less regularly.