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Six Ideas to Help You Get the Most From Your Writing Journal

Six Ideas to Help You Get the Most From Your Writing Journal

In today’s busy world, it can be challenging to step back and take stock.  More and more people are turning to journaling as a way of taking back control and really reflecting on life.  A blank notebook can be used for many reasons, such as recording daily events, making plans, and tracking progress.

Check out our blog for tips on how to max out the effectiveness of your writing journal!

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Are You Seeking Joy? How to Max Out Your Happiness with a Gratitude Journal

Are You Seeking Joy? How to Max Out Your Happiness with a Gratitude Journal

Of course you want more joy in your life. Who wouldn't?

Joy and gratitude are very much interconnected. In her book, The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené Brown notes: "Without exception, every person I interviewed who described living a joyful life or who described themselves as joyful, actively practiced gratitude and attributed their joyfulness to their gratitude practice."

Journaling can help develop and enhance your gratitude practice - and so too it can help develop and enhance your joy. Here are six tips to help you get started.

 

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Manifest your most powerful intentions ever - by using your journal

Manifest your most powerful intentions ever - by using your journal

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How do you feel about new beginnings? The uncertainty of what's to come can be scary, exciting, nerve-wracking, overwhelming. 

You can take control of each new beginning by setting intentions. Intentions are not goals. A goal is something that you work towards and check off your list when it’s done. Intentions are about your way of living. They're about who you want to be in this world and how you want to show up. Intentions are rooted in mindfulness and gratefulness. 

Many people set intentions through meditation alone. But, you can absolutely set intentions in a blank notebook and there are several benefits to doing so.

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This One is for the Boys: Men and Journaling

This One is for the Boys: Men and Journaling

Bullet journals, in particular, are known for their splashy, artistic spreads, like those tagged as #bulletjournalspreads over at Instagram. One look at all the flowers, cartoon characters, and pastel colors, and some men might decide that, nah, bullet journaling is NOT for them. As one Redditor says, he was initially “blown away by all the girls with fancy tape and stuff.”

Here's the thing, though: journaling is what you want it to be.No one says you HAVE TO use “fancy tape” but no one says you CAN’T. Stop worrying about what your journal should look like and just start writing.

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Six Tips to Help You Harness the Magic of Journaling Morning Pages

Six Tips to Help You Harness the Magic of Journaling Morning Pages

Morning pages -- a journaling concept developed by Julia Cameron -- have been part of our collective cultural consciousness since 1992. Introduced by Cameron in her book, The Artist's Way, the process is deceptively simple. Morning pages are three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing, produced as soon as possible after awakening. If you haven't already tried doing morning pages, you may find them to be life-changing. 
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Journaling and Hygge Go Hand in Hand: Using Ritual to Increase Your Comfort and Joy

Journaling and Hygge Go Hand in Hand: Using Ritual to Increase Your Comfort and Joy

Being stuck at home--whether due to weather or quarantine--can be tough. We end up feeling isolated and lonely--and that has a negative impact on our mental and physical health. Hygge can help. Hygge is a Danish concept that draws on mindfulness and creating comfortable, cozy spaces. While hygge was specifically created in response to Denmark's harsh winters, it's a concept that can be used year round. It's about creating joy and making the ordinary special, by practicing mindfulness and by ritualizing everyday activities. The end result is a feeling of contentedness.

 

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Health and Fitness Goal Are Hard - a Bullet Journal Can Help

Health and Fitness Goal Are Hard - a Bullet Journal Can Help

Are you having trouble sticking with your health and fitness goals? If you are - you're not the only one. Life can be busy and overwhelming. It can be hard to find the time and energy we need to focus on our health. But it's one of the most important things we can do.

If you need a little help in staying committed to your goals, why not try using a journal? Just writing your goals down can help you keep them in your sights. And then tracking your progress on those goals can help keep you motivated to reach them. While journals and trackers don't guarantee success, they're great tools for motivation and accountability.

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Yes You Can! Max Out Your Joy by Writing in Your Happiness Journal

Yes You Can! Max Out Your Joy by Writing in Your Happiness Journal

If you've been looking for a way to increase your happiness, look no further. It's as simple as writing down happy thoughts in a blank notebook. Keeping a happiness journal is a terrific way to train yourself to keep to the sunny side. If all you do is make a daily list of, say, three things that made you happy, you’re going to increase your happiness. But there are other things that you can do in your writing journals to take your happiness to a whole other level, including:

  • Creating gratitude lists;
  • Dreaming up your perfect day; 
  • Writing as your future self; 
  • Sharing the joy;
  • And other things too!
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Are You Feeling Stressed? Writing in Your Journal Can Help

Are You Feeling Stressed? Writing in Your Journal Can Help

If you're feeling stressed (and who isn't?), breaking out your blank notebook and transcribing your thoughts can help. No one knows for sure why journaling is an effective stress-buster. But there are several theories that make a lot of sense. 

 

  • It's a lot like talking to a therapist.
  • It gives you the chance to reframe your narrative.
  • It gives you a safe space to release your deepest worries and fears.
  • It gets you to unplug and examine your thoughts.
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    If you need a break from stress, why don't you give it a try?

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    Grieving is Hard. We Have 8 Tips to Help You Work Through Grief

    Grieving is Hard. We Have 8 Tips to Help You Work Through Grief

    How are you coping with things? With all the changes happening in the world due to the pandemic, it's quite possible you're experiencing some grief. While we tend to associate grief with death, we actually grieve other losses. We may grieve over divorce, loss of friendship, loss of job, the diagnosis of chronic illness (loss of health), and loss of opportunities.

    Journaling is such a valuable tool for working through grief that it's often part of professional grief therapy. That said, putting pen to paper while you're swimming in grief can be tough. We have some tips to help you over that hurdle.

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    Reframing Your Narrative is the Easiest Way to Create Joy

    Reframing Your Narrative is the Easiest Way to Create Joy

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    Have you ever wished that there was more joy in your life? What if we told you that creating more joy--and changing your life for the better--is as simple as changing the way you tell your stories? Studies actually show that whether we're telling little stories about our days or big stories about incredible things that have impacted us, focusing on a silver lining isn't just about feeling happier in the moment. Telling positive stories makes you happier over time. Choosing to tell your stories in a different light is called "reframing your narrative." 
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    Three Tips for Managing your Mental Health with the Help of a Journal

    Three Tips for Managing your Mental Health with the Help of a Journal

    Managing our mental health is important. Whether you have been diagnosed with a mental health issue or not, there are all kinds of reasons why a person might struggle a little. Grief. Chronic illness or other disability. Marital discord or relationship issues. Financial hardship. Mental illness. Quarantine. If your mental health could use a boost (and, really, whose couldn't?), check our blog for tips on how journaling can help.
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