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10 Benefits of Journaling

Updated on August 28, 2011

Journaling is regularly writing down thoughts and experiences. It could be about daily events, reflections on something that happened, writing to find ideas about something or anything else. I personally find journaling therapeutic and share below:


•*¨*•✩✬ 10 Benefits of Journaling

  1. Journaling can bring out the creative writer in you.
  2. Releases pent-up thoughts and emotions you may have.
  3. Helps you to remember events. You will be able to recall and reconstruct them. People who go through traumatic events, which they can’t remember are sometimes advised to journal.
  4. It can soothe any troubled memories you have and heal past relationships.


5. It’s a good way of recording the past. They say “the faintest ink is better than the sharpest memory.”

6. Journaling can be therapeutic. Helps you feel better about yourself.

7. You can actually read your mind through what you write, as it will reveal the depth of who you are.

8. It can be a fun and playful activity.

9. Allows you freedom of expression. You can write whatever you want.

10. It can help make decisions easier.


Happy Journaling. ٩(•̮̮̃•̃)۶



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      Elena 4 years ago from London, UK

      @Teaches12345 - Thanks so much Dianne, that's lovely. Always a brilliant thing to look back on. Lovely of you to stop by. :)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I keep a journal and occasionally will look back to see how things have changed or how I reached a goal. Your advice is so wonderful.

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      Hi 2Patricia's - That's interesting to know. Its good that no one would understand. I sometimes wish I could write in Code because Journaling stuff is sometimes a private affair.

      Hope you both (Patricia's) are doing fine. :)

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      2patricias 6 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      I kept a journal for several years, but for the past 4 years I have taken photos every day. I still write notes and lists, often about things that nobody else would understand.

      An interesting list - nice hub.

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      Hi PlatinumOwl - I am glad you found it. I hate misplacing mine too.

      Thanks so much for stopping and for your encouraging words.

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      platinumOwl4 6 years ago

      Lady_E, You are magnificent, I purchased a journal one year ago,among hundreds of both I misplaced it. I spent an entire night looking for it. Lo and behold it was staring me in the face screaming here I am waiting for you. Take me off this shelf. I write in it daily since that experience daily. This is a wonder full hub.

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks so much moneycop. I love poems.

      Best Wishes.

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      moneycop 6 years ago from JABALPUR

      I prefer the past tense is well recorded in our memories when we write them.people do it in form of novels and poems or prose. The best way to hide and show at same time is to write poems .

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      Hi Prasetio

      Thanks so much. I totally enjoy your Hubs because they are so unique. Glad you stopped by and Good luck for Teaching in the new School Term.

      Best Wishes, Elena.

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love writing through my English isn't good enough. But I get new motivation after read this hub. I learn much from you. Thanks for share with us. Well done, my friend. Vote up and useful.


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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      ** Thanks Alladream

      I look forward to reading your poetry. :)

      ** Cheers Hello, Hello.

      Lovely of you to stop by. Best Wishes. :)

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Very well put and I love it. Take care,

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      Victor Mavedzenge 6 years ago from Oakland, California

      I second you on this one.Good hub! Writing helps me sort out my thoughts for painting (the writing later yields poetry!)

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      ** Hi Anglnwu - It's nice to know you journal too. Thanks. :)

      ** Thanks Floating mind - Interesting point. Some people have a lot to juggle in life and I guess Journaling helps them slow down and not forget things. Cheers.

      ** Thanks Ruby - Same here. If I don't write an idea down. I can't even remember it 10 minutes later...

      Best Wishes.

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      ** The Taco Tagger - Thanks. It's nice that you find Journaling useful.

      ** Hello Dr Bill - I like the point you made about emotional growth. Thanks for stopping.

      ** Hi Fgual - thanks for the encouragement. Glad you stopped by.

      ** Poetic Friend - Thats nice. .... Inspiration for Poetry. So it helps your creative Juices.

      ** Mentalist Acer - Psychoanalytic. Mmmh... I like that word. We can be our own therapists. :) Thanks for stopping and sharing.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I agree. I find if i don't write an idea down, i might lose it. Great tips for us to use. Thank you....

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      floating mind 6 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      I journal to keep track of my thoughts ... my ideas. When you have so many things swimming around in your head as I do, it's better to write down the ones you want to remember, than to leave them to memory. Memory works fine ... but sometimes, I think my brain leaks ... memories. :-)

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      anglnwu 6 years ago

      I journal and this hub makes me even happier that I do for as you say, "the faintest ink is better than the shaprest memory." Awesome.

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      Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      Quoting mental notes,I agree Lady_E is very psychoanalytic.;))

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      Poetic Fool 6 years ago

      I journal but not as consistently as I would like. You points 2 and 4 were my reasons for starting and I can't underestimate how much good it has done for me. My journal has become a great point of inspiration for my poetry as well. Thanks for the very useful and interesting hub!

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      FGual 6 years ago

      Hello LadyE. I definitely agree with you, doing a daily page is a great stress reliever. Whenever you think you have nothing to say, just start on how the morning went and the thoughts of the day will come tumbling out.

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      Bill Tollefson 6 years ago from Southwest Florida

      Very useful HUB!!!! This brings to light the creative and emotional growth and release that can happen from Journaling. Thanks!!!

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      Jim Jimbo 6 years ago

      I like this. Journaling is something that I rarely do, but when I actually get the opportunity to write down my thoughts or experiences, then I feel better mentally and emotionally. It's a very cathartic experience. Good hub!