SFH #78: A Case for Journaling

Science behind the health of journaling ✍🏼

While I love to write, I had to be convinced kicking and screaming that a journaling habit was worthwhile. ✍️

I honed my practice with at least a dozen Moleskin notebooks, a few spiral ruled notebooks, a couple of pocket-sized detective-style pads, a SuperNote A5, the Daily Journal app, the Five Minute Journal app, the Evernote app, and the Notes 5 app. As of this writing, I'm using Evernote to do a daily tracking of my time, activity, and high-level reminders. I utilize my navy blue classic Moleskin 5 x 8.5 for my BUJO style habit tracking and reflections. Quite frankly, it's a joyous ritual to meticulously map out life with a precise pen and colored pencils. 😂 I'm certainly not perfect. I miss days, I change things up frequently, and some days I spend more time researching journaling practice than writing. Yet, I always come back to the habit in one form or another. The benefits are too compelling not to.

  • Reflective journaling may reduce stress and trauma and increase cognitive functioning1

  • Expressive journaling may reduce anxiety and enhance focus2

  • Journaling may enhance your IQ3

  • Handwritten journaling may enhance your memory4

  • Journaling may improve our vocalized communication5

There is a beautiful world of journaling methodology to explore from daily gratitude practice, morning pages, and my favorite: the wide world of bullet journaling.

1

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Philip-Ullrich/publication/11212874_Journaling_about_stressful_events_Effects_of_cognitive_processing_and_emotional_expression/links/0fcfd5090027dd0d0a000000/Journaling-about-stressful-events-Effects-of-cognitive-processing-and-emotional-expression.pdf

2

https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/write-your-anxieties-away-2017101312551

3

https://journals.uvic.ca/index.php/WPLC/article/download/5160/2132/0

4

https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052748704631504575531932754922518

5

https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.3102/00346543066001053