Journaling

Like whispering to one's self and listening at the same time

An interesting study on the effects of journaling was performed a number of years ago with two groups of students at Harvard University. Each member in the first group engaged in writing in a daily journal, while the members in the second group didn’t perform any journaling. After years of tracking the individuals in those two groups, the researchers found that those who practiced journaling were healthier and had accomplished more over the course of their lives than those who did not.

The health benefits of journaling appear to be surprisingly powerful. It has been found to help strengthen immune cells, lower the physical impact for people suffering from asthma and arthritis, improve the mental and physical health of cancer patients, and reduce the impact of stress and traumatic events. Journaling also can become like a good friend to whom you can confide in daily to express your greatest hopes, dreams, and goals; or your most difficult challenges and disappointments. Whether you write only a few lines or multiple pages, this daily ritual can transform your life.