6 Proven Health Benefits of Journaling

  • Releases negative emotions – When you have bottled up anger, sadness, fear, jealousy and other painful emotions, you don’t have space for positive emotions to flow freely through you. Writing down all those negative emotions helps your body release that negative energy and blockages. The intensity of these feelings will decrease and you’ll feel much calmer and less stressed.
  • Effectively solve problems – “Typically we problem solve from a left-brained, analytical perspective. But sometimes the answer can only be found by engaging right-brained creativity and intuition. Writing unlocks these  capabilities, and offers the opportunity for unexpected solutions to seemingly unsolvable problems.
  • Sparks creativity – As you engage your analytical side, your creative side can now thrive. It has room to create and produce, which you may notice with a sudden flood of creative ideas and thoughts as you write.
  • Increases your intelligence – As you write and explore the language you are using, you may “have the natural urge to search for new words and increase your vocabulary. One of the best single measures of overall intelligence as measured by intelligence tests is vocabulary.
  • Boosts memory and comprehension – You have a special relationship between the brain and hands that happens when you are composing your thoughts and ideas. “Words are representations of ideas; the formation of letters and causes the mind to compose or recompose ideas while journaling. This strengthens previously covered information and forces you to engage in cognitive recall.
  • Increases your self-confidence – Practice writing about positive experiences.  When your brain relives those memories, endorphins and dopamine will be released and will help boost your mood and self-esteem. Reflecting back on those goods times and personal achievements will increase your self-confidence and reaffirm your abilities when self-doubt wants to rear its ugly head.

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