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Journaling has a number of benefits:

  • It helps you to clarify your thoughts – taking a few moments to write down ideas can help you sort out the jumble of thoughts inside your brain.
  • It helps you to know yourself better – observing and writing regularly helps you get to know what makes you feel happy and confident, appreciate yourself, connect with your strengths, provide a clear view on situations and actions you’re thinking of taking, and people you may have to deal with, all of which are important for your emotional wellbeing.
  • Journaling helps to reduce stress – writing about things that upset and challenge you helps to release these feelings, so you’ll feel calmer and better able to cope.
  • It helps solve problems more effectively – typically we solve problems via a left brain analytical perspective, but sometimes the problem can only be solved by engaging right-brained creativity and intuition. Writing and recording thoughts (including drawing and sketching them) unlocks those abilities, providing the opportunity for unexpected solutions to arise.
  • It also helps you to resolve disagreements with others. Writing and recording about misunderstandings, concerns and issues can help you avoid stewing. It will help you to understand different views and contribute to a resolution.
  • Journaling allows you to track patterns, trends, improvements, and personal development over a period of time.

* Purcell, M. (2006): The Health Benefits of Journaling in Psych Central. Retrieved on June 25, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/lib/thehealthbenefits-of-journaling/000721

Appreciative journaling adds another dimension to the journaling experience. It’s about actively seeking the good side of a situation and seeing how we can expand on that. We’re not asking you to ignore or whitewash difficult situations or experiences – but rather than wasting energy on things which increase your negative emotions, search out and focus on positive ones.

Text taken from Reflections Journal

Click here to download the Awesome programme resources – How to be More Awesome – guidance for use.

You can also listen to Suzanne talking about appreciating journaling on the Positivity Strategist podcast here.

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