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Why Journal

Joined: 1/2/2012
Posts: 118
I recently posted an essay on Stage of Life about my reflections on four decades of personal journal writing. During the process of writing that piece, I started to think about why I still write. I narrowed the list to twenty reasons that I think will make sense to you.

Obviously, everyone on this site shares the same passion – writing, but many of you may not have considered journal writing. I hope you will regard this list thoughtfully, pick up a blank book and begin the journey.

If you already journal on a daily basis, I am sure you can personally relate to many of my reasons and have some of your own to add. Please feel free to share. Without a doubt I think the most compelling reason to write (and the one implied) is because it makes you a better person. An examined life has its rewards.

Why Journal

1. For personal growth and understanding
2. To preserve memories
3. To improve written and verbal communication skills
4. To improve organizational skills
5. To rehearse and resolve conflict
6. To improve observation skills
7. To improve relationships/personal interactions
8. For gratitude and thanksgiving – count your blessings
9. To create positive feelings and reduce stress
10. To explore personal attitudes and establish positions on topics
of importance
11. To weigh pros and cons regarding decisions
12. To set and track goals – plan for the future
13. To say what’s on your mind – be cathartic
14. To deepen your spiritual connection
15. To explore human behaviors – especially your own
16. To examine dreams and fantasies
17. As a creative outlet – be bold
18. To recognize personal patterns of destructive/constructive behavior
19. To dialogue difficult circumstances - illness, death, divorce, etc.
20. To know and trust your own voice

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I really enjoyed reading this! Thank you Suzanne!
Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2012 2:52:54 AM
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