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Journaling as The Way to be Happy

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Journaling as The Way to be Happy
Our mind is our worst enemy.We can easily become our own captious critics, letting ourselves drown in negativity. And we can't stop thinking about dark times of our lives, getting so low that we don't possibly see any light ahead. Negative thoughts influence our motivation, productivity and mental health.

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Write a thank-you letter

... to the bad experiences and negative people you can't stop thinking about. 

Thank them for the lessons you’ve learned, because they helped you to become better.

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Recall good things

Our brains tend to remember more of the bad stuff that has happened to us.

Write down precious moments and you’ll see your progress and find positive things that slipped your attention.

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Write your goals

Accomplishments make people more motivated and positive. Checking them from time to time makes you remember how far you’ve gone and how valuable these achievements are to you. 

Create a "goals log" in your journal. You’ll always see that you’ve got something to look forward to.

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The judgment-free zone

None will check your grammar mistakes or criticize your thoughts when you write in your journal. 

This freedom allows you to feel more comfortable and express your true yourself.

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Benefits of journaling

Benefits of journaling

Journaling can help with personal growth and development. By regularly recording your thoughts, you will gain insight into your behaviors and moods.

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Journaling: An effective tool

  • Journaling can be used to sort through turbulent emotions and to discover hidden lessons from your experience.
  • Art journaling: using mixed media can help you express yourself in refreshing and unusual ways.
  • Journals can help you reflect. Journaling is a method of allowing the light of understanding and compassion to shine on your past.

Tips to get started with journaling

  • Start writing about where you are in your life at this moment. Describe your living situation, your work, and your relationships.
  • Don’t edit your thoughts or feelings and don’t correct your grammar. Don’t censor your thoughts.
  • If there’s something you are struggling with or an event that’s disturbing you, write about it in the third person.

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Reacting and Overreacting

Not all intense responses are overreactions.

The problem arises when you start to react in a bigger way than justified.  Overreactions never make the situation better.

Types Of Overreactors

  • Internal: they overthink the things that don't go their way and are unable to put their focus onto something else.
  • External: they yell, scream, or snap back at people when something isn't exactly how they want it.

Know Your Triggers

This way, you can learn to be more in control of your reactions:

  • Identify the things that bother you the most (rejection, criticism, or even something that has nothing to do with you).
  • Think about basic contributing factors like lack of sleep, being hungry or thirsty, or being overworked.

Integrating journaling in your daily life

Integrating journaling in your daily life

The biggest mistake is to journal only in reaction to something that is going on, instead of letting it be part of a system.

Make writing in your personal journal part of your every...

Benefits of a journal

  • When you keep a journal, you can look back on important life events to read about how you felt at the time. You may also be able to learn from these past experiences.
  • Writing about traumatic events results in physical and psychological health benefits. Journaling focuses on understanding traumatic events and makes people see these events with an extra level of clarity.

Schedule journaling time

Start your daily journal off on the right foot by scheduling your writing for a set time every day.

  • If you find your mind is most active in the morning, wake up 15 to 20 minutes earlier and jot down your thoughts then.
  • If you prefer to record everything after the day is over, then make it an evening activity before you go to bed.