The Art of Journaling: Why and How to Do It

I have loved writing as long as I can remember. The minute I learned to read, I wanted to take the next step and learn to write. When I did, journaling quickly entered my life.

I kept a diary from a very young age. Some pages were filled with random scribbles and daily thoughts. Others were detailed tales of my most memorable holidays (like a trip to Disney World!) or my first teenage romances. There were even a few attempts at poetry ;) I still look at them sometimes and giggle at their silliness.

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As I grew up, my writing skills went into school work, university papers, and eventually job applications. Needless to say, my creativity stalled. Writing didn’t fuel me the way it used to and I struggled with it. Fortunately, when I entered the world of positive psychology and started on the Happyologist path, my journaling quickly came back.

The first positive psychology exercise I did was gratitude journaling. It not only brought me my writing inspiration back but it also helped me to become happier. It was the first step in me leaving my natural pessimist behind and training myself into becoming an optimist. And I can tell you I have never regretted it.

That’s why to this day I stick to journaling. And I’d encourage you to try it too. Research has shown it helps you to focus, boosts your creativity, and, most importantly, helps you to feel more fulfilled. It has even been shown to boost your immunity, reduce your stress levels, and up your mood. In short, it’s a great habit to introduce into your life, especially if you’re struggling to make some ‘me time’ and reflect on your life.

This is where The 6-Minute Diary comes in. It gives you a clear, simple structure for you to follow every day. It’s easy and quick to use, yet it’s incredibly effective and empowering.

When you use it, you connect to yourself, your life and your loved ones in a deeper way. You commit to taking more meaningful actions in your day-to-day and you shift your perspective into a positive one. All in all, it’s a little book of inspiration half composed by you.

It has many journaling exercises for you to play with, but these were easily my five favourites:

1. Start your day journaling about gratitude.

What better way to start your day than with a positive spin? You’ll experience your day in a whole new way when you start it with an attitude of gratitude.

2. Finish your day journaling about the great things in your day.

Talk about finishing your day on a high! It will set you up for a good night’s sleep so that you’re ready to start yet another day feeling empowered.

3. Get inspired by daily quotes.

Well spoken (or written ;) words of others have the power to lift you up. They can also help you to open your perspective and grow your empathy.

4. Do a weekly challenge.

From using your best traits to connecting with old friends to taking a walk without your mobile phone, these challenges all boost your mood in one way or another. I also love the fact that they are different every week as it makes it very adventurous.

5. Do deeper, more reflective journaling at the end of every week.

At the end of every week, you have a set of questions to journal on in a deeper way. They range from the fun ones, such as, “What is the best compliment you have ever received?“, to deeply philosophical ones, like, “Why does it matter that you exist?“. I love love love the depth and variety of the five weekly questions as they really make your creativity flow.

With all that said, I can not recommend The 6-Minute Diary enough. It is especially effective because it forces you to create some structured ‘me time’ for reflection. I can admit that is something I struggle with sometimes too. I write my social media posts, I blog, and I write books (with the second one on its way!), all with the purpose of helping others to feel happier. Sometimes, however, I get so focused on helping others I forget to help myself.

That’s why The 6-Minute Diary is so useful. It not only makes reflecting easy but also fun. It makes me start and end my day with focused ‘me time’ so that I can spend the rest of the day focusing on helping others. If you decide to give it a go, it will do the same for you :)

With that, I wish you good luck in your journaling adventures and until next time!

With love, light and happiness,

x Susanna


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