Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Journals. Part 2.

Part 2: Benefits.

I found this article really insightful about the benefits of keeping a journal.  Did you know keeping a journal can:

- help you deal with emotional pressures
- can also be a tool for self-evaluation and self-improvement.
- experiences gain validity by being recorded.

This article, names more benefits of journaling.  Scott says,

"Journaling allows people to clarify their thoughts and feelings, thereby gaining valuable self-knowledge. It’s also a good problem-solving tool; oftentimes, one can hash out a problem and come up with solutions more easily on paper. Journaling about traumatic events helps one process them by fully exploring and releasing the emotions involved, and by engaging both hemispheres of the brain in the process, allowing the experience to become fully integrated in one’s mind.

As for the health benefits of journaling, they've been scientifically proven. Research shows the following:

•Journaling decreases the symptoms of asthma, arthritis, and other health conditions.
•It improves cognitive functioning.
•It strengthens the immune system, preventing a host of illnesses.
•It counteracts many of the negative effects of stress."

Pretty cool if you ask me.

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